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Ok, makes perfect sense.
Secondly, he has had success in college, NOT in the pro ranks. If he failed to reach the playoffs next year in Miami, he's likely fired, and then what?
In college, you get to recruit top athletes, recruit enough of them and you're going to compete. In the pros, you rely on a couple draft picks and hope that free agent signings pay off. In college, you recruit 10 four or five-star recruits at a program like Alabama. You have a better shot at winning with that formula, and given his college coaching resume, he will have NO problem getting top recruits to play for him, especially at a university steep with tradition.
I'm actually not a Dolphins fan I'm a Niner fan, but I hate to see this happen to any team really (except the Cowboys). Dolphins are a classy organization and I hope they learn from this experience and hire a promising assitant with NFL experience. High profile college coaches seem to almost NEVER work out at the NFL level.
The talk is that maybe Wayne will go after Petrino out of Louisville ... But right now everyone is gonna be rumored to be coming down here. One thing I'd like to see is for Wayne to look past the hot sexy pic and find the RIGHT person for the job. Sean Payton, Lovie Smith and Mangini weren't being talked up much but look at the result ...
Saban wanted to go back and coach at the college level and doing it at a place with great tradition. That's more than I can say for auburn.
Saban is a great coach and he will win big at Alabama. The amazing thing is there's great talent in Tuscaloosa now and it will even get better with Nick Saban as head coach.
Saban is a great coach but so is Tuberville, Richt, Fulmer, Meyer, and Miles so I don't think we'll dominate like we use to but that's okay because I like competitive games unlike what we seen under Shula. I guarantee you that we will make the conference even stronger which is the way it should be. I'm tired of the Iron Bowl and other conference games being an automatic loss for our team.