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While Nick Saban is one hell of a football coach, he leaves much to be desired as a human being, at least for Miami Dolphins fans.
Nick Saban took the Miami head coaching job in 2005. The team was probably not expecting too much after finishing the 2004 season 4-12. Then, they really didn’t expect too much after starting the Saban era at 3-7.
But then, the Dolphins got hot, winning their final six games of the season, including a final-game win over the New England Patriots in Foxborough. The surprising 9-7 team just missed out on the playoffs.
All of a sudden, Miami was back under the tutelage of the great Saban.
With high hopes going into the 2006 season, hoping for a playoff spot, the Dolphins started out a very disappointing 1-6. The Daunte Culpepper starting-QB experiment did not work, and the team was left with Joey Harrington and third-stringer Cleo Lemon.
While they did get hot again, winning four straight, they finished the season at 6-10. Not too bad considering and plus, in Saban the Dolphins trust. But then this happened:
During the season, in November, the University of Alabama dismissed head coach Mike Shula. While Saban was rumored to be at the top of Alabama's list, he refused to discuss the job while the NFL season was underway.
Then came December 2006; Saban was bombarded by the media about the Alabama job. Ask as they may, Saban denied and denied again, even saying, "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."
Saban finally met with Alabama officials on January 1, 2007. Two days later, he announced that he had accepted the head coaching job for the University of Alabama.