Report: Sparano sticking with Dolphins

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MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins will not make a switch at the top, as reports indicate Tony Sparano will be retained as head coach following another losing season.

According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spent Thursday talking with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, a meeting that appeared to have Sparano's days in Miami numbered.

The paper ended the speculation later in the day, however, saying Sparano will stay on despite a second straight 7-9 campaign.

Despite missing out on the postseason again, the club has undergone a remarkable turnaround under its current head coach

Under Cam Cameron, Miami went 1-15 in 2007 and promptly turned to Sparano, who led the club to an 11-5 record the next season and an unlikely AFC East title, ending the franchise's six-year playoff drought.

The Dolphins were in contention for the playoffs the past two seasons but lost their final three games each time.

Sparano, just the eighth head coach in Dolphins history, may head into next season a lame-duck coach with his contract set to expire at its conclusion.

Prior to being hired by the Dolphins, Sparano had a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also an assistant with the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars, and was a head coach on the collegiate level with Division II New Haven from 1994-98.


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