Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano put his home up for sale two days after his team blew a 15-point lead to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos to drop to 0-6, leading to speculation that the end of Sparano's tenure in South Beach might be near. The coach insists the timing is coincidental and that he and his wife, who are empty-nesters, simply want to move closer to the beach.
The five-bedroom, 5,659-square-foot house has gone on and off the market a number of times this year, reports Ben Volin of The Sporting News:
According to a listing on Zillow.com, Sparano originally listed his house for sale on Jan. 13, five days after Ross awarded him with a contract extension through 2013 that would pay him a total of $6 million. He removed the listing in March, re-listed it two weeks later, and removed it from the market again on Sept. 10, two days before the Dolphins opened the regular season against the Patriots.
Sparano originally listed the price at $1.75 million, and put it back on the market Tuesday at a price of $1.499 million. He paid $1.7 million for the house in April 2008.
Even if the timing is pure coincidence and has nothing to do with rumors that Sparano could be gone as soon as next week, the coach shouldn't bristle if asked about it. A guy who's on the verge of getting fired on Sunday shouldn't choose Wednesday to clean his office and bring stuff to his car in a cardboard box. We have to keep up appearances here, Tony.
If Sparano says he wants to move, let's take him at his word. And if he's looking for someone to overpay for that house, he should find Hue Jackson's number. That dude loves buying at more than the list price.