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January 3, 2007

Miami --  Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban has accepted an enormous offer to leave the NFL, and become the head man at the University of Alabama.

Saban returns to the South Eastern Conference, where he won the BCS National Championship at LSU two years ago. He will reportedly make $32 million over eight years in Tuscaloosa.    

Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga announced the departure at a news conference, without Saban.

Alabama first approached Saban shortly after they fired Mike Shula in late November, and then reportedly increased their offer after they could not lure one of the hottest young college coaches in the country, Rich Rodriguez, who spurned the Tide, and decided to stay at West Virginia.