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Shula getting a look

MIKE SHULA His father a Dolphins legend MIKE SHULA His father a Dolphins legend

The latest candidate to emerge for the Miami Dolphins' coaching job has an edge in name recognition: He's a Shula.

Mike Shula interviewed for the job Saturday and is one of at least five candidates still under consideration, the Dolphins said yesterday. Shula's dad, Don, coached the Dolphins for 26 years, holds the NFL record with 347 victories, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hiring the younger Shula would mean a swap of coaches with Alabama. Shula was fired by the Crimson Tide in November and replaced by Nick Saban, who left the Dolphins Jan. 3 after two seasons.

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