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    Sunday, December 31, 2006

    Could Proposed Saban To Alabama Deal Torpedo FSU?

    It is being reported that the University of Alabama will make Dolphins coach Nick Saban an offer to become the Crimson Tide head coach in the next few days -- extending a financial package so overwhelming that university officials are confident Saban might take it, according to two sources.

    The contract will more than double the guaranteed money that's left on Saban's agreement with the Dolphins (approximately $15 million) and will make him the highest-paid coach in college football,the sources said.

    The deal is being reported as worth from $40-$50 million and would include a $5 million signing bonus.

    So how might this affect FSU's attempt to hire Jimbo Fisher? Well, Fisher was the offensive coordinator under Saban at LSU and had considered joining him when he took the job with the Dolphins. Fisher would be hard pressed if asked not to join Saban at Alabama which has a storied program and reputation. If this happens, then questions will be asked why Bowden did not lock in hiring Fisher instead of waiting as he has done.

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