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Sat. 2 p.m. update: LeBron updates status; Michael Sam on Fins; UM investigates potential Kehoe violation

Saturday 2 p.m. update:

### LeBron James did not practice Saturday because of a broken nose and indicated he was not sure if he would play Sunday against visiting Chicago. He said he could not have played if the game was Saturday.

"It's a little bit of everything --- pain, headaches," he said after practice. "... I'm not going to rush it. I'm a game-time decision, more probable than anything... If it's not Sunday, then I'll get prepared for Thursday."

The Heat is off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before playing the Knicks Thursday.

James is averaging 37 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals and shooting 61.3 percent in his past four games.

### Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who announced recently that he's gay, spoke to reporters at the NFL Combine today and said he would have no issue with being drafted by the Dolphins, even though Ted Wells' report indicated that at least three Dolphins players used gay slurs, and even though former Dolphins offensive lineman Andrew McDonald was the subject of teammates' barbs about his sexuality. (Several players jokingly said McDonald is gay. His associates say he is not.)

"If the Dolphins drafted me, I'd be excited," Sam said. "I'm not afraid about that environment. I know how to handle myself."

The Dolphins are deep at defensive end, making Sam an unlikely target on draft day. He's considered a mid-to-late round pick.

### UM hoops moved back over. 500 today (14-13 overall, 4-9 in conference) with its most lopsided win of the season --- 69-42 over Boston College. Rion Brown scored 22 and Erik Swoope had 14 points and 9 rebounds. With a strong close, UM could be in the mix for an NIT berth, which is the most anybody could have possibly hoped for after losing its top six scorers from last year's team.


Some Friday night notes:

### The University of Miami has begun an investigation into whether it committed a secondary NCAA rules violation, the school said tonight.

The violation involves football coaches watching a voluntary workout of UM players on campus on Friday. 

Several people (including a Palm Beach Post reporter) who were at the UM baseball game Friday night noticed that UM offensive line coach Art Kehoe was watching the workout, which included 7-on-7 drills. According to the Post, UM athletic director Blake James also noticed Kehoe's presence. (I was not in attendance, for the record.)

Players are permitted to participate in voluntary workouts but coaches are not allowed to watch them before the start of spring practice. UM does not begin spring practice until March 1. So Kehoe's presence at the workout would appear to be a secondary violation.

UM said the potential violation involved more than one coach.

UM has asked its compliance department to do a thorough review. If any missteps occurred, UM will report them to the NCAA.

But Canes fans shouldn’t lose sleep over this. UM and most schools generally commit 20 to 30 secondary violations a year, according to the school.

The Canes were docked nine football scholarships and three basketball scholarships, among other penalties, as its punishment in the Nevin Shapiro case. Even if a violation occurred in this situation, it  likely would not result in any serious punishment such as loss of scholarships.

### Dan Marino isn’t the only legendary former Dolphin who would be receptive to a job with the organization. WQAM's Joe Rose asked Jason Taylor today if he would have any interest in working for the Dolphins.

“I haven’t changed the phone number for a while. I’m around. I’m available,” Taylor responded. “I’ve talked to Steve Ross and Jorge Perez about it a little bit. Marino’s around, too and would be a good addition.”

### Dion Jordan told me in December that he planned to study Jason Taylor’s tapes and reach out to him. That hasn’t happened yet.

“He’s a very talented kid,” Taylor told Rose. “I haven’t heard from him. I met him a couple times. He has so much potential. You see some of the raw athletic things he does. You say, ‘Wow.’ Similar to when Cam Wake came in. First practice, you said, ‘Holy Cow.”

Taylor is a member of the five-person committee that is supposed to formulate a code of conduct for the Dolphins' locker-room.

### Regarding the Dolphins’ locker-room scandal, Taylor said: “There has to be someone who says that’s enough. Back off the young fellow. They didn’t have that, unfortunately.... People losing their jobs. This could have been avoided so easily.... Players need to police the locker-room themselves. You’re not going to like everybody. But you certainly need to respect them....

"Jimmy Johnson would say you’re coaching it or you’re allowing it to happen. Either way, you’re wrong. You need to have guys in the locker-room with enough pride and character to take care of it themselves. The bell cow last year [Richie Incognito] was not a guy that should have been the bell cow. When you’re smoking at the gas station and the gas station blows up, you shouldn’t be surprised.”

Taylor, on use of the N-word: “White guys shouldn’t be saying it for sure. Black guys should be respectful of when they say it or be cognizant of who’s around when they say it. I’ve used it to friends and brothers. But it’s off limits for some guys. Whether anybody should use it is up for debate.”

Taylor bemoaned the firing of head trainer Kevin O’Neill and the fact that he "gets dragged to Indy to get fired.”

### Former Dolphins (and Jets) special teams coach Mike Westhoff, appearing with WINZ’s Andy Slater, wondered about the timing of new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey saying the Dolphins are an appealing destination for players.

“I’m not so sure that’s true,” he said. “I think they can be.”

On fired offensive line coach Jim Turner giving a male blowup doll to then-Dolphins lineman Andrew McDonald, Westhoff said: “I’m going to ask [Turner] what the heck is a matter with him. It’s craziness. It’s not acceptable behavior. Give away dolls? I want to throw up!”

Westhoff said a Dolphins employee, whom he declined to name, told him before this scandal that “Incognito was the best guy in the building.” Westhoff said that also made him want “to throw up.”

### The Marlins placed three players in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects: left-hander Andrew Heaney at 30, third baseman Colin Moran at 61 and outfielder Jason Marisnick at 79.

### Our condolences to WFOR-4 sportscaster Kim Bokamper, whose wife Colleen, 57, died this morning after a battle with colon cancer.

### Please see the last post for a lot of Dolphins and Heat notes, if you didn't see the post from late last night... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz


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Johnnie you missed the North Carolina game or Wake Forest where the OL made Dallas Crawford look like an all pro? We won both games on 4th quarter drive because of our OL.
Main problem was when Duke went down we had no depth at RB, our RBs can't block or catch too well and the play calling did not take advantage of our strength in the OL.

I believe all guys graduating will be easily replaced with experienced back ups and incoming talent, plus our depth and size at RB is much improved with Gus Edwards. Now what we hope is the play calling will improve as well so we keep our offense on the field longer.


No one should be using that word at all, so that horrible past gets to be put to sleep for good.

Posted by: Go gogo | 02/22/2014 at 04:10 PM


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