Saban says Alabama tried to court him

DAVIE, Fla. --  Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban said Thursday that Alabama approached his agent about its coaching job but he declined to meet with school officials.

"I'm flattered that they may have been interested in me, but it never really progressed, because we just never let it progress," Saban said.

Speculation tying Saban to the Crimson Tide job first surfaced the day they fired Mike Shula on Nov. 27. Saban publicly denied interest several times, but on Thursday, he acknowledged that the school had contacted his agent, Jimmy Sexton.

"They called Jimmy and said, 'Is Nick interested?' And Jimmy said no," Saban said. "Jimmy asked me on several occasions, and I said no.

"I'm interested in staying here. We're in the middle of the season. I'm committed to our team. It's not a very good time to even think about that, to be honest with you."

The Dolphins (5-7) play AFC East leader New England on Sunday. Saban is in the second-year of a five-year deal with Miami.