Saban soon?

The Dolphins confirmed on Thursday morning that they have made a contract offer to LSU head coach Nick Saban, and they might know by later in the day whether he will accept. Saban spent Wednesday night mulling over his decision, and he has made it clear he wants the issue resolved one way or another soon. By all indications, you can look for Saban to accept the job and become the new Dolphins head coach.

In a statement released by the Dolphins Thursday morning, owner Wayne Huizenga said, "We are confirming reports that an offer has been made to Nick Saban."

It is believed the offer will be for the neighborhood of $4-5 million a year and Saban will be given full control of personnel matters.

That would signal the end of Rick Spielman's tenure as general manager, although it's possible he could be retained in another capacity.

The Dolphins presented the offer to Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, while Saban was in Baton Rouge continuing preparations for LSU's bowl game against Iowa on New Year's Day.

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