Reports: Alabama to name Shula new coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Shula was excused from the Miami Dolphins' practice today, amid reports he will become the new head coach at Alabama.

The Birmingham News, ESPN Radio and the Miami Herald are reporting that Alabama has settled on the former Crimson Tide quarterback and current Dolphins assistant as its new head coach and that an announcement could come as early as today.

Calls to Shula's home went unanswered today morning, and athletic director Mal Moore did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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