Barry Jackson

A treat for UM linebackers; Jorge Sedano’s new gig

Miami Hurricanes linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (55) speaks during media day at the University of Miami on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Miami Hurricanes linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (55) speaks during media day at the University of Miami on Monday, August 8, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Some UM, Marlins and media notes:

• This was neat: UM cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph recently gave linebacker Shaquille Quarterman the phone number for former UM linebacker DJ Williams.

And Quarterman and Zach McCloud told me that they and the other freshmen linebacker (Mike Pinckney) simultaneously then spoke by phone with both Williams and former UM standout linebacker Jon Beason.

“They gave us helpful hints; told us ins and outs of the position,” McCloud said.

That’s the type of thing you often see between former UM greats and current players.

• Mark Richt said he asked the Dolphins if he can hold UM’s Pro Day inside the Dolphins’ practice bubble next spring and they seemed receptive. UM’s indoor facility isn’t expected to open until 2018.

• Richt said Brad Kaaya’s knee is fine and he could have played if UM had a game this weekend.

• Despite the Marlins’ recent tailspin, team executive Michael Hill attributes it to injuries and doesn’t believe major changes are needed, though the team is expected to seek pitching.

“You’re encouraged because of the number of positives for 4 ½ months [before] injuries hit,” Hill said. “It highlights the need to improve your depth.”

• Jorge Sedano, a familiar name to South Florida sports fans, is getting his own ESPN2 TV show. Nacion ESPN will air from 5 to 6 p.m. every Monday.

The show will be in English but its distinction is that it will have an All Hispanic cast: Sedano (who’s Cuban), Marly Rivera (Puerto Rican) and Bernardo Osuna (Mexican).

“ESPN was looking for a way to serve the English speaking Hispanic viewer,” Sedano said. “To get an opportunity to do something this monumental is great.”

Sedano said “we are not going to pander to Hispanics. Our perspective and background is what will make the show Hispanic. Occasionally, a Spanish word will come out in conversation. But we don’t want to alienate the rest of the ESPN2 audience. We want to be authentic and inclusive to a broader audience.”

Sedano, 39, was born in New York City, raised in Miami, and attended Monsignor Pace High and FIU. Before ESPN hired him, he worked at WQAM, 790 The Ticket, CBS-4 and Sun Sports.

Sedano previously has been co-hosting an ESPN Radio evening show with Israel Gutierrez.

Sedano left that show to take the TV gig and also accepted an offer to co-host a weekday radio show with Keyshawn Johnson on ESPN Los Angeles, where he’s now based.

“As amazing as it was to work with Israel, the opportunity to have my own space on TV, I couldn’t turn that down,” he said.

Sarah Spain succeeds Sedano as Gutierrez’s evening co-host on ESPN Radio.

• CBS is sending Sunday’s Dolphins-Browns game to a small part of the country, with No. 5 team Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots on the call. Here’s the TV map for that game and all other games this weekend.

• If you’re a Dolphins fan not living in South Florida, keep in mind that Thursday’s Dolphins at Bengals game will be carried only on NFL Network, but not on CBS. The game will be televised on the CBS affiliate in Miami but not on CBS nationally.

CBS is producing nine Thursday night games (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms announcing), but only five of them are airing on CBS. All nine are airing on NFL Net.

• According to the Big Lead, ESPN is hiring former NBA star Scottie Pippen for a role on NBA studio coverage.

• If you’re looking to familiarize yourself with the business side of the NFL, the machinations of the salary cap, negotiating contracts and more, this book by Vijay Natarajan and Jason Fitzgerald is worth your time.

For a six-pack of on-field Dolphins nuggets from Saturday, including a vocal critic of Tannehill and more, please click here. Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

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