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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – His eight-year NFL career included stops in Washington, Baltimore, San Diego and Tennessee. And throughout his journey, Joe Salave’a met more than a few Hurricanes.

Each one he talked to – including the late Sean Taylor – couldn’t help but passionately share their stories, all of them raving about the brotherhood, history and tradition at Miami.

Today as Salave’a walks through the Hurricanes’ football facility, he can’t help but think of those players and the responsibility he now carries on his broad shoulders as Miami’s new associate head coach, defensive line coach and defensive run-game coordinator.

“It’s a bit surreal. I’ve had the fortunate of playing with some former U guys in the likes of Kenny Holmes and obviously my brother Sean Taylor,” Salave’a said. “So being in this building now, I have a profound respect for what this place is and the people that came before…Being in a program that needs no introduction as to the legends that came here and [now] helping these young men build themselves and make sure their dreams come to fruition through hard work and mentoring and pushing these guys, I’m excited for this opportunity.”

Salave’a brings with him to Coral Gables a resume that will, no doubt, capture attention.

He played at the highest level and was on the roster in Tennessee when the Titans appeared in Super Bowl XXXIV. He lettered at Arizona as a defensive tackle and was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree in 1997, with second-team and honorable mention recognition in 1996 and 1995.

He totaled 157 career tackles during his college career and led the Wildcats in both sacks and tackles for loss in both 1996 and 1997.

Once his playing career ended, Salave’a – inspired by his former college coach, the late Dick Tomey – wondered if coaching was the next logical step for him.

It was and he got his start at San Jose State working as Tomey’s defensive line coach. Stops at Arizona and Washington State followed before he joined the staff at Oregon in 2017 as the Ducks’ defensive line coach. His colleague as offensive line coach? Mario Cristobal.

When Cristobal took over as head coach at Oregon, Salave’a remained with the Ducks and took on additional responsibilities as Oregon’s co-defensive coordinator and run-game coordinator.

During his time there, Salave’a helped reshape a line that endured its share of struggles and in 2016 was part of a defense that was among the nation’s worst in several statistical categories.

By 2019, the Ducks were among the top 25 in scoring defense, rushing defense, total defense, sacks and tackles for loss.

Last season, two of Salavea’s top defensive linemen – Kayvon Thibodeaux and Brandon Dorlus – earned first-team Pac-12 recognition.

Thibodeaux capped a dominant three-year career by becoming the first player on the defensive side of the ball at Oregon to earn consensus All-American recognition. He is tied for seventh in program history with 19 sacks in 31 career games, totaled 34.5 tackles for loss and the defensive end is widely regarded a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Cristobal and Salave’a are now hoping to recreate that success in Miami, with Cristobal – who returned to his alma mater in December as the Hurricanes’ head coach – asking Salave’a to join his staff in Coral Gable earlier this month.

Though it’s meant getting re-adjusted to life on the East Coast, Salave’a jumped at the chance.

“When you look at the type of person he is, the leadership that he brings, cannot be more happy for our guys because we’re getting a true leader, a players’ coach that’s from here, played here and paid his dues,” Salave’a said. “The opportunity to contribute to the success of this program is tremendous. We’re very, very fortunate and excited for that.”

One of the reasons Salave’a is excited for this next chapter? He knows that continuing to work with Cristobal and Alex Mirabal, Miami’s new assistant head coach and offensive line coach, means the Hurricanes will be putting a focus on physical line play on both sides of the ball.

That’s a philosophy Salave’a appreciates as a former defensive tackle himself.

“I think if you look at the history of this game, it’s never going to change. The schemes and the X’s and O’s might differ and be finagled to make a certain look become a certain way, but when you look at the film, it’s about the physicality and the approach to the game at the line of scrimmage,” Salave’a said. “Those are things [that] working with Coach Cristobal and Coach Mirabal, man, it’s refreshing. Those are things that matter. If we don’t take control of the line of scrimmage, it’s tough to win. But those are things you can’t profess. You can’t talk about it. You’ve got to work at it. You’ve got to work at it and you’ve got to train to it.”

The opportunity to successfully continue shaping a new generation of tough, physical football players is also especially personal to Salave’a for another reason.

A native of American Samoa and a member of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, Salave’a knows his work can inspire budding football players and coaches on the other side of the globe.

To further the game’s growth, he founded the Joe Salave’a Foundation in 2001 to help introduce football to more youngsters in American Samoa and Hawaii. The foundation specialists in free football clinics there and in 2005, Salave’a’s work was recognized by Congressman Eni Faleomavaega and former president George W. Bush at a White House Ceremony to celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.

Serving as an example to those back home is not something Salave’a takes lightly.

“It means a lot. I would honestly say I stand on the shoulders of giants. Guys like [Bob] Apisa, one of the first few Samoans to break over to the mainland over at Michigan State, right down the line to Jesse Sapolu [and] Manu Tuiasosopo,” said Salave’a, who grew up playing rugby and was introduced to football after moving to California. “All these guys contributed to the evolvement of the game of football…As I do well, it gives another kid from some remote part of the island a chance to get recruited. That’s been the case. All the guys I’ve been honored and privileged to coach with the island lineage, I always share with them, ‘If you guys do well and do what you’re supposed to do, you give another young man or a young lady a chance to be recruited and exposed to those things.’ It’s a cycle, paying it forward.

“The biggest thing I always share with my players is that to be your best version of yourself, you have to get out of your comfort zone. But you also have to be able to go to work…We’ve got to go to work and we’re excited for that. Hold on, man. Get your seatbelt fastened up. We’re ready to go and excited for the opportunity.”

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Miami basketball versus North Carolina: Line, Predictions, Odds, TV Channel and Live Stream

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Jan 5, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami basketball team hosts North Carolina following a week off. Miami last played when they lost 65-64 at Florida State on January 11. The Hurricanes have started the season 13-4 overall and 5-1 to lead the ACC. North Carolina travels to Coral Gables 12-4 overall and with wins in nine of its last 11.

The loss by the Miami basketball team at Florida State last week broke a nine-game Hurricanes winning streak. Returning home head coach Jim Larranaga stated he hopes for a big crowd on Tuesday night. North Carolina will challenge Miami with its pace and size. The Tar Heels average 79.3 points per game which are 32nd nationally.

With an undersized lineup, Miami has played at a quicker pace this season than in past years. Miami is averaging 76.3 PPG which is 81st. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels should produce a high-scoring game on Tuesday night. Miami has scored at least 70 points in 11 of their 17 games this season.

North Carolina has scored 70 points in all but one game in 2021-22. The Tar Heels travel to Coral Gables 4-1 in the ACC, one half-game behind Miami. This is the biggest home game of the season for Miami. If the Hurricanes defeat North Carolina that will add to their win over Duke in their quest to contend for the ACC Championship.

Miami basketball game versus North Carolina

GAME 18 | JAN. 18, 2022 • 7 P.M. ET • CORAL GABLES, FLA.

RV North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4, 4-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Hubert Davis (North Carolina, 1992)

Record at NC: 12-4 (first season), Career Record: 12-4 (first season)

RV Miami Hurricanes (13-4, 5-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)

Record at UM: 213-134 (11th season), Career Record: 683-468 (38th season)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: 8-26 (8-24 since rebirth) | Home: 3-10 | Away: 4-12 | Neutral: 1-4 | Coach L: 7-11 (6-10 at UM)

Streak: Lost 5 | Last Meeting: 67-65 home loss (Jan. 5, 2021) | First Meeting: 55-53 home loss (Jan. 13, 1950)

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Miami basketball versus North Carolina Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under

WynnBet lists North Carolina as a 2.5 point favorite over the Miami basketball team with an over/under of 159.0. The moneyline on North Carolina is -105 and Miami is -110. The over has a moneyline of +110 and the under moneyline is -130.

Miami versus North Carolina Prediction Tonight

The over/under of 159 is high. In an important game in the ACC expect the under. This is a huge game for Miami. After winning at Duke earlier this month, the Hurricanes should be confident. Miami and North Carolina is a tight game that can go either way. Motivated by the Watsco Center crowd Miami could win a close game.

What Channel is the Miami basketball Game On?

BROADCAST INFORMATION

ACCN • Play-by-Play: Rece Davis • Color: Debbie Antonelli |WatchESPN

AM 560 WQAM • Joe Zagacki • Danny Rabinowitz | audacy.com/wqam

90.5 FM WVUM • Nick Marino • Brendan Reilly | wvum.org

990 AM WMYM • Jose Martinez • Broderick Zerpa | unanimodeportes.com

Miami will continue playing at home this week with the return game from Florida State on Saturday. Wins over the Tar Heels and Seminoles would be huge as Miami continues its quest to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018. Miami needs three more wins to clinch its first winning season since 2018.

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Panthers (26-7-5 57P) at Flames (17-11-6 40P)

  • WHEN: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • ON THE TUBE: Bally Sports Florida, Sportsnet 1, Sportsnet West
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #TimeToHunt, #Flames, #FLAvsGCY, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Matchsticks and Gasoline
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0-0)
  • LAST MEETING: @FLA 6, CGY 2 – (Recap) 1/4/2022
  • NEXT MEETING: Stanley Cup or next season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Bobrovsky (19-3-3 .921 / 2.47 0SO) vs Markstrom (12-8-5 .924 / 2.23 5SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Calgary

Scouting Report (Full preview @ Winners & Whiners)

Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Florida has the best record in the NHL at 26-7-5 after picking up another win on Saturday by a 9-2 final to cash in as a huge -292 home favorite. Calgary is coming off an ugly 4-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators as a big -273 favorite last Thursday, falling to 17-11-6 on the season. These teams met on January 4 in Florida, with the Panthers rolling to a 6-2 win to snap a stretch of seven Calgary victories in the previous nine head-to-head matchups.

Tuesday in the Atlantic (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Carolina (25-8-2 52P) at BOSTON (22-11-2 46P) 7 p.m.
  • BUFFALO (11-20-7 29P) at OTTAWA (11-18-2 24P) 7 p.m.
  • MONTREAL (7-25-5 19P) at Dallas (18-15-2 38P) 8:30 p.m.
  • TAMPA BAY (26-9-5 57P) at Los Angeles (20-14-5 45P) 10:30 p.m.

Idle: TOR (51P), DET (41P)

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The Splash Zone 1/18/22: Update On Dolphins Head Coach Search

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Although the team never announced it, the Miami Dolphins interviewed Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier on Sunday, after they both coordinated against the Patriots the previous night. Daboll appears to be one of the favorites to land the Dolphins head coach gig. He’s done wonders as the offensive coordinator for the Bills and he does have a connection with Tua Tagovailoa from their Alabama days. Frazier’s defense has also been among one of the best the past couple of seaons. Though it wouldn’t be a flashy hire, Frazier does bring previous head coach experience to the role.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

Miami Dolphins Coaching Search Update, Wild-Card Weekend Lessons, and Roster Notes – Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More

The seven coordinators who the Miami Dolphins reportedly have requested to interview were involved in the first round of the NFL playoffs


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Miami Dolphins News 1/16/22: Bears Request Interview With Reggie McKenzie – The Phinsider

Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Did Brian Flores sabotage Tua Tagovailoa’s development as quarterback for the Miami Dolphins? – The Phinsider

Brian Flores’ tenure as Miami head coach ended unceremoniously last week, just one day removed from completing the Dolphins’ first back-to-back-winning-seasons stretch since the 2002 and 2003…

2022 NFL Playoffs schedule: Divisional Round – The Phinsider

The Wildcard round of the 2022 NFL playoffs completes on Monday when the Arizona Cardinals visit the Los Angeles Rams. With the one game remaining in the round, the Divisional round next weekend is…

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