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Sparano’s status still shaky

January 8, 2011
From AP wire reports

The Miami Dolphins' strange week took another bizarre turn Friday, leaving coach Tony Sparano's status still in doubt.

The Dolphins scheduled a late-afternoon news conference to announce the retention of Sparano, but the session was postponed 20 minutes before the scheduled start. Nearly two hours later, the Dolphins rescheduled the session for Saturday.

A spokesman gave no reason for the postponement.

The Dolphins' cross-country courtship of Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh ended late Thursday, and he was hired Friday to coach the San Francisco 49ers.

The successful Stanford coach gets to remain in the Bay Area, moving to the NFL after four years with the Cardinal. A longtime NFL quarterback, he replaces fired coach Mike Singletary. ESPN reported Harbaugh's deal is for $25 million over five years.

With Harbaugh no longer an option, the Dolphins were expected to retain Sparano, who has one year left on his contract.

Sparano met Friday at the team complex with owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland, but there was no announcement regarding who will coach the Dolphins in 2011.

n Bud Adams has thought it over, and the Tennessee Titans' owner has decided he isn't ready just yet to part with Jeff Fisher.

"Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership," Adams said in a statement Friday.

Adams also thanked fans for their patience over the past week while he decided on the team's future.

The decision comes two days after Adams agreed the Titans needed to part with Vince Young five seasons after he ordered the quarterback drafted. Young was 30-17, not counting his lone playoff loss, but he told off Fisher in front of the team after suffering a season-ending injury Nov. 21.

Adams' decision means Fisher, the NFL's longest-tenured coach, will be back for a 17th season.



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