Tuesday notes

It became official on Monday when Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga flew to Baton Rouge: Nick Saban has signed a contract to become the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Saban, however, will not be talking about his new job -- and his plans -- until next week because he wants to focus on finishing out his old job and coaching LSU in Saturday's Citrus Bowl game against Iowa.

Saban is expected to be formally introduced as a press conference next Monday.

Not long after that, you can look for Saban to meet with interim head coach Jim Bates to discuss the possibility of Bates remaining on the staff, at the very least as defensive coordinator and also possibly as assistant or associate head coach.

Saban also is expected to meet with GM Rick Spielman amid buzz that Spielman, contrary to earlier assumptions, might be kept around for a while.

Most personnel executives' contracts run through the draft, which would make it impossible for Saban to talk to potential candidates to handle personnel matters (even though Saban will have final say).

One name being prominently mentioned is Atlanta assistant GM Tim Ruskell.

In other news:

-- Linebacker Eddie Moore's season officially ended on Monday when he was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury. Bates said the injury might require surgery.

-- Wide receiver Marty Booker, who sustained an ankle injury in Sunday night's victory over Cleveland, is a major question mark for the regular season finale at Baltimore.


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