Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Miami Coaching Shuffle [J. Mark English]

Nick Saban -

Nick Saban has accepted an offer from Alabama, leaving the Miami Dolphins two weeks after declaring "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."

Saban's agreement with Alabama is for eight years and a guaranteed $32 million, according to's Len Pasquarelli. Saban can earn an additional $700,000 to $800,000 annually in bowl-game bonuses.

Pat Riley -

Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said Wednesday he's taking an indefinite leave of absence because of ongoing problems with his hip and knee.

The 61-year-old coach disclosed his plans Wednesday and was to announce his decision at a news conference later in the day. It was not immediately clear who would be promoted to interim head coach.

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