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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ireland on way to Dallas to pick up Sparano

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is on his way to Dallas to pick up Cowboys assistant and future Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

Ireland a few minutes ago boarded one of Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga's private jets -- one of the smaller ones, not the 737 -- with his wife. Educated guess here: Ireland's wife is going back to Dallas to tie up some family loose ends and will stay.

Back to facts: Ireland is expected to return with Sparano this evening. It takes approximately three hours to fly to Dallas and a little less than three to get back. That would put the return touchdown around 6-7ish when you add in time to taxi the aircraft, pick up Sparano etc...

If I know the Dolphins, the team will likely wine and dine Sparano this evening, maybe even have him meet Huizenga over dinner. Then everyone can get about the business of finalizing this hiring Wednesday morning -- assuming EVERYTHING goes smoothly.

I know that Sparano's agent -- yes, it is Jimmy Sexton -- is already prepared with a preliminary contract he would expect for his client. That contract includes something of a raise from the contracts first-year head coaches such as Mike Tomlin, Lane Kiffin, Gary Kubiak, and yes, Cam Cameron signed last year.

These negotiations are rarely a problem when they don't involve Raiders owner Al Davis, and this one doesn't.

So unless something goes unexpectedly off course, the Dolphins are navigating toward having a new coach in place by sometime Wednesday. And the latest step in the process just happened when that jet carrying Ireland took off.

49 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great information Mando! You are truly the best.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous DZ8 said...

Wow, I read that twice to be sure. You didn't insult the Dolphins anywhere in there. Are you feeling OK Armando?

11:44 AM  
Anonymous James A said...

excellent news. this offseason will be really interesting.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous fanfan said...

I don't always agree with your opinions Armando. No big deal, we are different people. But when you put your mind to breaking news, you are the best without equal in South Florida.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Phins Fan in NE said...

Have them swing up to NH and pick me up on the way back so we can discuss our next moves.....thanks.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Phinsphan in KC said...

Armando,

When are your going to be back on with Soren Petro here in KC?? I enjoy your comments and he is the most knowledgeable sports radio guy in town. Keep up the good work.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Armando, you probably stole this story from that other guy who had it first. Oh ... that would be you. Nevermind.

Some people are so stupid.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Don Corleone said...

You're pasta e fagioli Armando. And you're a great reporter.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's all the Armando backslapping and cheerleading about? This is what Armando is supposed to do, be a reporter.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous flpd said...

There's always an anonymous hater that doesn't get it. Yes, Mando is a reporter and he's supposed to report. But he almost always gets the stuff first. Fact is, we're pissed with him when he doesn't.

Guess what, the dolphins are a football team and they're supposed to win football games. But that didn't mean they did.

Get it hater?

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets hope he's not bust and he finds us a quarterback. You can'e in this league with a good QB.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous fishfromtoronto said...

regardless of a head coach this team needs aloooot of rebuilding. best of luck sparano.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a funny image of mando sitting in the bushes with binoculars and a funny hat at the airport.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ticket 1380 had this news on the radio before Armando published it here. Oh please Armando, quit faking to be a reporter. You are a e Fin hater, get lost.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get the same image, only outside a playground not an airport.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous FinFan Philly said...

Awesome. It's obvious Sparano will be Miami's coach before the end of the week, which I guess I read on this blog a couple of days ago also.

One thing that makes me wonder is how people come on this site to read Armando, gain information from it, and then say he's not doing an outstanding job. The fact you come here points out that you respect the guy's abilities.

Anyway, thanks for the fine reporting Mando. And yeah, the thought of you trying to sneak on Wayne's plane is funny to me.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tuned to the ticket 1380 and all I heard was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Some people are such arseholes.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous mr. kennedy......... kennedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

Thanks for the scoop, Armando. Keep doing what you're doing.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, why weren't you on the plane too? See you at dinner

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sports Talk1380 is the channel here, not there you dope. Let me guess, you are Armando? You must be!

Sparano has already agreed to coach Miami, Armando. That is how things ended January 5th. You people read this crap and believe he is near the "scoop". More than not, he is just full of poop.

Speaking of arseholes, whats's new Armando?

1:46 PM  
Blogger tc said...

I have a funny image of Armando in the bushes, holding hands with the dog whisperer. ;)

I think all of the Armando compliments are funny. He gets heat because he asks for it, not by accident...

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tc is in the bushes with his pud wishing he was bigger.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it with you imbeciles? You read a news update and decide to respond by attacking the writer.

Great job, Mando. You rock!!!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Dallas, they are already talking about replacing Sparano with Hudson Houck and Garrett with Cam Cameron!!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

All these "anonymous" licking Mando's arsewholes is actually Mando complimenting himself...oh crap, I just outed my "source"...Where's Mueller when you need him? Maybe in NH?

2:22 PM  
Anonymous flattulence said...

Great stuff. I appreciate the job you do Mando. I hope you make tons of money because putting up with these boobs on here qualifies you for combat pay.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous TexasRaider said...

Hey, I just saw another breaking story on the Herald's main Sports page by Armando!
Yup, according to him it is actually going to to get hot this summer in Miami! I know, I know, it may be a comfortable 72 now, but he had info that by July, look out! Sunburn city, man!

Great job, Armondo! We can't news anywhere else like that! YOU ARE THE EDWARD R. MURROW AND MATT DRUDGE OF SPORTS!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Rickers alum said...

Mando, that interview you did with sedano yesterday was excellent. I appreciate the way you handled it. classy.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Dolfan Ray said...

No Anonymous here- Mando is doing a great job. Keep reading and inflating his blog numbers. Mando is laughing all the way to the bank! Of course, on his way to the bank, he saw Jeff Ireland boarding a plane headed to Dallas to pick up a new Head Coach.
Great Reporting- just stating it like it is, all you haters suck!
Go Dolphins

2:32 PM  
Anonymous thetruth said...

Uh... before you go on crowning Armando the "King of Reporters", do yourself a favor and ask him where he got his information. IF he tells you the truth I believe you'll feel differently about his skills in this matter. Good reporters credit the information which they do not gather themselves.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Allen said...

Now that is News, as it should be!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Armando how did you get Wayne's pilot on your contacts list? Far better than binoculars in the bushes!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Wanny McStache said...

Wanny Mcstache wants everyone to remember that "With A Great Mustache, Comes Great Responsibility!!!!!

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is kinda funny, especially for Sopranos fans:

http://www.aventurausa.com/miami/magazine/black/twotonys.shtml

3:33 PM  
Anonymous cam cameron said...

What happened to this bar/club called Mars that used to be in Miami around 1995? Is it still there?

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Dolfanatic39 said...

Thanks for keeping us posted on the latest developments. I could not find any more up-to-date information on the coaching situation than what you have provided here. It is appreciated.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to jump on the bandwagon here and say you are the No. 1 voice/reporter for Dolphins coverage in the land. Thanks for the continuing updates.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay we're hiring a puppet.

Jon Sciombi couldn't have said it better, "We would burn down the stadium if Mueller sold us on Sparano." But he's a parcells guy so yay.

When Parcells leaves we're going to be a mess.

Sparano? Are You Kidding Me?

There are so many coaches better than this guy.

Sorry people, not drinking the cool-aid.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Came From Profootballtalk.com said...

The haters at the other papers are busy reading and commenting on Armando's blog while he's out kicking their asses.

Even Profootballtalk.com credited Armando here.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Came From Profootballtalk.com said... ,

They credit the source of ALL their blogs entries, Armando is nothing special.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Tuna drinking a Big Gulp at this sit down dinner?

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

I wish this was over with so we can start complaining about the draft and free agency! I would like to say I dont agree with anonymous posts in general especially when the same person posts frequently. Than makes it hard to destingquish between posts except for the brown nosing.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous fort worth fin said...

THIS ITEM APPEARED ON THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS BLOG. IT'S CLEAR WHO'S REPORTING AND WHO'S NOT:

See ya, Sparano
3:03 PM Tue, Jan 15, 2008 | Permalink
Tim MacMahon E-mail News tips
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland boarded a private plane to Dallas this morning and will return with Tony Sparano this evening.

"So unless something goes unexpectedly off course, the Dolphins are navigating toward having a new coach in place by sometime Wednesday. And the latest step in the process just happened when that jet carrying Ireland took off."

Seems as if the only question, as far as the Cowboys are concerned, is how many Dallas assistants will reunite with Sparano and Bill Parcells in South Florida.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PFT sucks.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Here's what Sparano's hometown paper is saying. BYW, I was born and raised in New Haven and they were always at the top of their division when Sparano was there.

Posted on Sun, Jan 6, 2008 Sparano offered head coaching job with Dolphins, By Dave Solomon, Register Staff

New Haven native Tony Sparano has been offered the head coaching position by the Miami Dolphins and will accept it at the conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys’ season, according to a source.

The 46-year-old Sparano, who graduated from Lee High and the University of New Haven, is the assistant head coach for the Cowboys.

He was hired at Dallas in 2003 by Bill Parcells, who promoted Sparano to assistant head coach. He was the offensive line coach, running game coordinator and play caller in 2006.

Parcells was hired as the Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Dec. 20. He has already hired Jeff Ireland from the Cowboys to become Miami’s general manager.

The Dolphins were 1-15 this season under first-year coach Cam Cameron, who was fired on Thursday.

Sparano also interviewed Saturday with the Baltimore Ravens and interviewed Friday with the Atlanta Falcons.

Sparano has also been an assistant coach with Washington, Cleveland and Jacksonville.

A 1982 UNH graduate, Sparano was the head coach of his alma mater from 1994-98, leading the Chargers to the 1997 NCAA Division II national championship game. He was an assistant at UNH from 1984-87 and an assistant at Boston University from 1988-93. BU was 11-0 in 1993. Sparano did not return calls.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Freestyle said...

Bad, that report you cite has been widely discredited everywhere. Denied by Dolphins, by Sparano and everyone else.

Moreover, if that paper wrote that, it was negligent in not answering how the NFL has not fined the Dolphins by breaking league rules for offering the job to a coach whose team is still in the playoffs, and by doing so before interviewing a minority candidate which the Dolphins didn't do until Jan 10.

So don't clutter this blog with more of your crap.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous spongebob said...

It is interesting that all of the haters just want to crowd up your blog, when the majority of us just want to thank you for giving us the information, and working hard to stay a few steps ahead of the rat race in Tuna land.

Thanks Mando....ignore the haters, and keep those sunglasses & hat on.

Go Fins!

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it seems that an awful lot of congratulations and arse smooching. Kind of unusual for a reporter that has already made up his mind about things before he even hears the facts... this guy, this MANDO guy, has become another of the gems (NOT) of this town sports media. They all want to get to be on the radio or ESPN and forget that being a journalist is what is supposed to be their job.

CLICHES AND COACHES LAP DOGS THEY GIVE US ... and then they congratulate themselves.
NOBEL PRIZE MANDO, FOR SURE.

Why don't you tell us something we actually don't know already you are being paid to go in and smell the jockstraps and yet .... all the lame crap that comes out of your thing-a-ma-jig!

3:20 PM  

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