Fathers of four former suspended UM players ( Olivier Vernon, Jacory Harris, Marcus Forston and Ray-Ray Armstrong) have spoken out that the coaches need to be punished. “In law enforcement, it’s called culpable negligence for their actions,” Vernon’s father, Lascelles, a Miami Beach police officer, said this season. “Aubrey came to my house and said he was taking Olivier out. We didn’t know it was to Nevin Shapiro’s residence.”
Albert Armstrong said: “You can’t let these coaches get away with this. It was Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill and those individuals that walked those kids into negative stuff. They should call and apologize to them, and they haven’t done that.”
UM continues to hope the former assistants will be held more responsible for their violations than UM is.
• Worrisome with the Patriots visiting: Dolphins linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett allowed all six passes thrown against them to be completed, for 74 yards, against Seattle. That cannot happen Sunday against tight end Aaron Hernandez and others. But coach Joe Philbin noted they have been generally good in coverage this year — Burnett ranks third among outside linebackers, Dansby 11th among inside linebackers. ...
Nolan Carroll and R.J. Stanford split time at cornerback opposite Sean Smith this past Sunday, but Stanford said Carroll got most of the first-team snaps this week.
• With Charles Barkley saying Dwyane Wade is “starting to lose his talent and has to learn how to play below the basket,” the real issue is his struggling midrange game. He’s shooting 26 percent on three- to nine-footers (he was 44 to 55 percent the past five years) and 33 percent on 10- to 15-footers, despite hiring a shooting coach. “The days he can beat you one-on-one are over,” Barkley said.
• Livan Hernandez, 37, approached the Marlins about pitching out of their bullpen next year. He was 4-1 with a 6.42 ERA last season. Miami hasn’t ruled it out. … The Marlins said they will give Chris Coghlan another chance to compete in center with Justin Ruggiano, Gorkys Hernandez and Bryan Peterson, and Coghlan also might get a look at second and third base next spring.