Saban: I should have made Muschamp my coordinator with the Dolphins
- Published: Wednesday, 01 June 2011 07:49
- by Administrator
The 2003 LSU coaching staff under Nick Saban included Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher, and Derek Dooley as the coordinators.
When Saban left for the Dolphins, Muschamp and Dooley followed him, while Fisher remained at LSU to work under Les Miles for a year.
At the SEC meetings in Destin on Tuesday, Saban reflected back on a poor decision he made with the Dolphins, naming Dom Capers his defensive coordinator instead of Will Muschamp.
Saban admitted to the Gainesville Sun, “I just made a mistake. When I went to Miami as the Dolphins coach, I didn't want to put guys that were college coaches in coordinator positions until they'd coached in the league and got some experience.”
“I should have made Will the coordinator. Dom did a wonderful job, but Will probably deserved to get that job. It was me trying to protect him. I wanted to give him another year before he was out there.”
Instead, William Larry Muschamp carried the title of assistant head coach for defense. Essentially, he coordinated the defense, but didn’t have the title.
“I was trying to protect people that were important to me. I don't think we have any issues or problems.”
In two seasons, the Dolphins finished 9-7 and 6-10 under Saban.
In case you are thirsty for some "Rip/Liz match" clinic tape (with Dolphins cut-ups) from Coach Saban, you can watch it below: