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A chronology of comments about Nick Saban taking the head coaching job at Alabama:
Saban: "When I was in college it was always about coming to the pros. This is the challenge I wanted. I had a good college job. Why would I have left that if I was going to be interested in other college jobs?
"I took this as a challenge. We certainly haven't seen this through and gotten where we want to go and finished the job here, so why would I be interested in something else?"
Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga (after giving Saban a vote of confidence): "I am completely sold on Nick Saban. I would admit we made a mistake if we did make a mistake, but I firmly believe in Nick Saban."
Saban: "I'm flattered that they may have been interested in me, but it never really progressed, because we just never let it progress."
Saban: "I guess I have to say it. I'm not going to be the Alabama coach. ... I don't control what people say. I don't control what people put on dot-com or anything else. So I'm just telling you there's no significance, in my opinion, about this, about me, about any interest that I have in anything other than being the coach here."
Saban: "I'm just making a rule to never comment on something like that again because every time you comment on it, it just makes for another story. So I'm not going to comment on it five years from now, and I'm not going to comment on it next week."
Saban: "What I realized in the last two years is that we love college coaching because of the ability that it gives you to affect people, young people. ... If I knew that my heart was someplace else in what I wanted to do, I don't think it would be fair to the [Dolphins] organization if I stayed."
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As Florida State coach Bobby Bowden attempts to remake his offensive staff, it turns out he may have to do a little work on the defensive staff, too. In both cases, Bowden is competing with new Alabama coach Nick Saban.
A university source in Tallahassee said Wednesday that both Bowden and Saban have offered their offensive coordinator jobs to Jimbo Fisher, who has held that job at LSU since Saban hired him in 2000.
Fisher must decide between his old boss and an old friend. Fisher worked at LSU and at Auburn in the 1990s under Bowden's son Terry with West Virginia offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Florida State will announce Thursday that Trickett will be its new offensive line coach.
In addition, the source said that Saban has offered Florida State executive head coach/linebacker coach Kevin Steele the job as defensive coordinator at Alabama. Steele has told Florida State he will make a decision by Thursday.
-- Ivan Maisel
|Miami's Nick Saban era ended on Wednesday and the Dolphins began the process of hiring a new head coach. Miami hasn't appeared in the postseason tournament since 2001. The only other NFL teams that haven't made the playoffs in any of the past five seasons (2002-2006) are the Texans (whose inaugural season was 2002), Raiders (since 2001), Lions (1999), Bills (1999) and Cardinals (1998). • For more Elias Says, click here|