BREAKING NEWS: SABAN MEETS WITH DOLPHINS

LSU head coach Nick Saban met with officials of the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday evening about their head coaching position, he announced Wednesday.

"I owe it to the people of Louisiana and the fans of LSU football to let them know I have had a preliminary conversation with the Dolphins to exchange ideas about their head coaching position," Saban said. "No decisions were made in this meeting and they will continue their search for a coach. I will continue to be committed to LSU, our football program and totally focused on our bowl game versus Iowa."

The discussion took place after Saban notified LSU in writing of the meeting, LSU athletics director Skip Bertman said.

Bertman praised Saban for his handling of the situation.

"Life decisions like this are difficult, and it only complicates matters to have to deal with it in a public setting," Bertman said. "Nick Saban has revolutionized LSU football and he has energized the state of Louisiana, and we hope he will be our coach for a long time. But he has been forthright in his communication with the University about this and I support him in any direction that he may take.

"We are all aware that other NFL teams have made overtures to him in the past and he hasn't expressed any interest," Bertman said. "But this is one of the premier jobs in the NFL and he owes it to his family and their future to hear what the Dolphins have to say."

Bertman will make no further comment on the situation until its conclusion.

Saban will have his regular meeting with the media following practice on Wednesday, but he will comment only on LSU's bowl preparations at that time.

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