Bama Awaits Coach's Response, Again

Alabama is trying to bring Nick Saban to Tuscaloosa to coach of the Crimson Tide football team, but the wait for a done deal continued Tuesday night as Saban's current boss told reporters in Miami that a final decision on whether Saban will leave his current job with the Miami Dolphins would continue for another night.

Wayne Huizenga, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, told reporters gathered outside the Dolphins complex Tuesday afternoon that he and Saban planned to meet at 10 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday morning before Saban makes a final decision about the Alabama job.

"(Saban) asked if we could defer the decision till 10 o'clock tomorrow morning and went into his reasons why," Huizenga said, "and I agree with his reasons and understand more now what he's thinking about. I am happy to do that."

Asked if he was upset with Saban, Huizenga said, "No, I am not upset. I love Nick Saban and I hope he stays. I am optimistic."

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore was in Miami on Monday night and Tuesday making his offer to Saban, and he was expecting a decision from Saban on Tuesday. That offer has been reported at various amounts but is believed to be worth at least $30 million.

An Associated Press report said Saban met with Huizenga for about 10 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, just before Huizenga's comments to the gathered reporters.

Saban last spoke to reporters on Monday afternoon at a season wrap-up press conference where he tried to fend off questions about the Alabama job.

"We said that this press conference is going to be about the Miami dolphins, the players and what we need to improve," he said. "I've got a rule that I'm not talking about any of that stuff and I would appreciate the courtesy of not having to talk about it at this time."

Moore's last extended interview availability was over a month ago when he publicly fired Mike Shula on November 27. He has issued statements since then (one when Rich Rodriguez turned down an offer to be Bama's next coach) and mingled among reporters at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, but did not speak about the coaching search.


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