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Dolphins hire Cameron as new head coach

When he was recruiting for Michigan, Cam Cameron could find any high school in South Florida without using a map. "It's not that far from home," Cameron said. Now, it is home - his new home with the Miami Dolphins. Cameron will try to succeed whe...

When he was recruiting for Michigan, Cam Cameron could find any high school in South Florida without using a map.

"It's not that far from home," Cameron said.

Now, it is home - his new home with the Miami Dolphins.

Cameron will try to succeed where Nick Saban failed. Cameron signed a four-year contract Friday and left his job as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers to become the Dolphins' fifth coach since Don Shula retired in 1995.

Cameron was one of at least 13 candidates to interview with the Dolphins over the last two weeks.

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"He definitely is committed to winning . . . and we are committed to winning, whatever it takes, whatever it costs, we want to win," owner Wayne Huizenga said. "He wants to win and he wants to be successful. He has the same driving passion that we do."

That's what Huizenga thought when he hired Saban two years ago.

Saban left for Alabama after a 6-10 season and missed the playoffs in both years with Miami. He left behind an aging defense and a feeble offense.

"It's my job to make this personnel work and find a way to score," Cameron said.

Cameron was an assistant at the University of Michigan for nearly a decade before going 18-37 as a head coach at Indiana, then directed a high-powered attack in San Diego.

Belichick stays mum

about L.T. displeasure

New England coach Bill Belichick is apparently worried about getting to the Super Bowl again, not about LaDainian Tomlinson's feelings.

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Tomlinson, the Chargers' star running back, was furious at the Patriots for the way they celebrated after their 24-21 playoff victory Sunday in San Diego. Vince Wilfork of the Patriots mocked the sack dance done by San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman, doing his version on the logo of the Chargers' helmet at midfield. Afterward, Tomlinson said: "The Patriots showed no class at all. Maybe it comes from the head coach."

That would be Belichick, who has generally avoided controversy while guiding the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories. During his news conference this week, Belichick would not be drawn into a battle of words with Tomlinson.

"I have all the respect in the world for LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers," Belichick said.

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