Nick Saban received a one-day extension from Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga to make a decision on whether he'll accept an offer from the University of Alabama to become its head coach.
Saban and Huizenga met briefly late Tuesday afternoon following a long day of Saban going over all the issues. Alabama has offered Saban a deal in the area of $40 million over 10 years. Saban spoke with Alabama athletic director Mal Moore by phone on Monday night.
"Nick told me he needed another day and would hold off on making any announcement until 10 a.m. on Wednesday," Huizenga said. "I agree with him and understand more now what he's thinking about than I did before we met [Tuesday]."
Saban, just two seasons into a five-year deal with Miami, has three years remaining on his contract at $4.5 million per season. While Huizenga has made it clear he is willing to increase Saban's salary, the issue may not come down to simply money.
Saban, who was quoted as saying last month that he would not become the coach at Alabama next year, has vacillated for weeks over the jobs. He is troubled by how difficult it has been to turn around the Dolphins, who are 15-17 during his two seasons and just finished 6-10. At the same time, Saban has told associates that he's bothered by the influence that many Alabama alums have on the Crimson Tide program. Alabama fired Mike Shula on Nov. 27 and is coming off a 6-7 season.
Likewise, Saban appreciates the support he has received from Huizenga and wants to honor his contract. Yet he also has said that he misses many things about the college game.
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