Nick Saban “happy for the Dolphins to be in the playoffs”

Saban running a minicamp in 2005. (AP Photo)

Saban running a minicamp in 2005. (AP Photo)

PITTSBURGH–It’s hard to tell if this will make Dolphins fans happy or angry.

Alabama coach Nick Saban, one of the most despised figures in recent South Florida sports history, was pleased to see the Dolphins and his former assistant Adam Gase reach the postseason. It’s Miami’s first trip since the 2008 season, and Saban came up short at 9-7 and 6-10 in his two seasons as head coach.

“I’m happy for the Dolphins to be in the playoffs,” he said at a press conference for the upcoming national championship game. “I don’t necessarily follow the NFL. Sunday is a really big workday when you’re in college football. It’s the day after you played on Saturday. You’re grading the film. You’re starting to get ready for the next game. I don’t know that I’ve watched an NFL game all season long, so other than checking the scores on Monday for five minutes, I couldn’t tell you much about who’s doing what.

“I always like to kind of check on our players and some of our coaches, Jason Garrett or somebody like that or people that have coached for you in the past. You like to see them do well. Adam was on our staff, so I’m happy to see him doing well.”

Gase got his coaching start as a student assistant under Saban at Michigan State, then went with him to LSU. He was Saban’s graduate assistant in 2000 and a recruiting assistant in 2001 and ’02.

The Dolphins also have former Alabama players Anthony Steen, Kenyan Drake. Long snapper John Denney is the only current player who was on the roster when Saban coached Miami in 2005 and ’06.

[You can trust Matt Moore. Really, you can. He’s fine.]

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