Reports: Miami Dolphins to retain Tony Sparano as head coach

OAKLAND CA - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins shouts to his team during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

How's this for a sudden turn of events. If nothing else, this proves never to believe anyone who claims they have "anonymous sources."

The latest news is that the Dolphins are now expected to retain head coach Tony Sparano. This is according to two reports - one from ESPN's Chris Mortensenn and another from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

The Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington also confirms the report. So it seems this bizarre week-long journey has come to an end the same way it began - with Tony Sparano as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Jason La Canfora reports that the Dolphins plan to make the announcement on Friday.

And just for the record, while others were reporting on Twitter and on web sites that the Dolphins would be announcing Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, all I declared was that some in the South Florida media were told to be either be at the team's facility or to be prepared to get to the team's facility at a moment's notice on Friday for some kind of announcement. So it seems my information was correct (and vague).

But this goes to show you what can happen when people rush to get information out on Twitter or on their blog or on a message board. I'm just glad I stayed out of any kind of "speculative journalism." If nothing else, there's no egg on our faces here at The Phinsider or SB Nation.

As usual, share your thoughts on this saga below. I'll have more in the morning.

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