Jul 15, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks to ESPN during SEC media day at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Louisiana cursed the Dolphins
Travel Northwest out of the bayous of New Orleans, across the western side of Lake Ponchatrain, North on I10 and you will find LSU. LSU had returned to great success under the tutelage of then coach Nick Saban. Despite publicly saying he wasn’t going to leave the college, Saban was wooed to Miami with large sums of guaranteed money by then owner Wayne Huizenga.
In Miami Saban couldn’t replicate the success he had at LSU. Unlike the college level, Saban couldn’t recruit the best players but instead had to draft them. He tried to adjust to the NFL level but didn’t succeed on the field, off the field, or with his players. The teams he coached didn’t relate to Saban and Saban couldn’t relate to dealing with grown men.
Saban would eventually leave for Alabama but the damage was done. Did some LSU witch doctor fan put a curse on Wayne Huizenga’s teams? Does a voodoo doll exist somewhere among the snakes and alligators of the swampy southern state? The Dolphins found no change with Saban as head coach. The team remained stagnant and underperformed and for all of the college level success Saban had, he couldn’t translate anything to the NFL. His best season? 9-7.
Saban has found success by returning to the college ranks. The southern state of Alabama may have been able to find a way to exercise the Louisiana curse or perhaps it was just the Dolphins who got slapped with the damnation. Miami wasn’t very good when Saban arrived but they have been worse since he left.
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