Now that Nick Saban has won three BCS championships in four years and four in eight, the question once again will become whether he’ll ever be interested in taking his game back to the highest level of the sport.
For now, it sounds like he won’t be. And it definitely sounds like he doesn’t want to talk about it.
“How many times do you think I’ve been asked this question?” Saban said at a press conference the day after trouncing Notre Dame, according to the Birmingham News (via CFT). “How many times do you think I’ve been asked to put it to rest? And I’ve put it to rest and you continue to [ask] it. . . . I kind of learned through that experience [with the Miami Dolphins] that maybe this is where I belong. I’m really happy and at peace with all of that. No matter how many times I say that, you all don’t believe it.”
He shouldn’t be surprised by that. After all, he once notoriously declared, “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.”
And there’s a sense that Saban isn’t satisfied to simply be the greatest coach in college football. We think he aspires to be known as the greatest coach in all of football, which means that if an opportunity to coach a talented team with a young franchise quarterback and a favorable cap situation presents itself, Saban could try to win three titles in four years in the NFL before finally riding off into the sunset with trophies under each arm and Little Debbie cakes in every pocket.