The Real Reason Nick Saban Took That Dolphins Job? Huizenga Gave His Wife a Big Check
It wasn't quite a LeBron-and-Cleveland level sports breakup, but Fins fans never forgave the guy for promising he wasn't going to leave for Alabama right up until the very second he left for Alabama. But apparently he didn't want to be in Miami to begin with. He only came because former team owner Wayne Huizenga gave his wife a giant check.
Or so the story goes from The New York Times in a piece that otherwise rehashes every reason Dolphins fans have to hate Saban:
"I'll say this about him: I don't think he really wanted to take that job," said Gil Brandt, a longtime N.F.L. personnel executive, Sirius analyst and a friend of Saban's.Classic Huizenga. Well, at least his brash attempts to lure college coaches worked better than the current owner's attempts.
The story Brandt heard, a story others involved with those Dolphins teams said circulated widely, is that H. Wayne Huizenga, then the owner, flew to Louisiana and presented Saban's wife with a check that contained a number and at least five zeros.
Maybe Stephen Ross should have slipped Sarah Harbaugh a six figure check a few years ago.
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