Monday, January 01, 2007

Will it be Saban?

From WSFA News - Report: Tide Offers Coaching Job to Nick Saban
According to a published report, the University of Alabama may be close to hiring a new head football coach. The Miami Herald is reporting Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban is considering a huge offer from the Tide -- $40 million to $50 million to be exact, including endorsements.

That would make Saban the highest-paid college coach in the nation. The length of the proposed contract is unclear tonight. Some speculate it would last for eight years.

It is certainly not a done deal at this point however.
In recent weeks, Saban continually denied any interest in the job. He also announced during a news conference Sunday he had no plans to leave Miami.

One source told The Herald the Dolphins organization would be "absolutely shocked" if Saban were to leave.

The article concludes by suggesting that University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is next in line should Saban turn down the deal.

Okay, I must admit, I don't follow football very closely and I have no idea who this guy is. But still, to make him "the highest-paid college coach in the nation," to coach at Alabama just seems ridiculous. Alabama has got to be desperate at this point. And with the expectations they have, I'm sure they will be buying this contract out in a few years too no matter who they hire. They just need to learn to give a guy some time and give a guy a break every now and then. I mean, honestly, even Bear Bryant went through a dry spell.

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