Nick Saban has no timetable for retirement

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Three prominent football coaches are 65. One (Bill Belichick) has a boss who want the coach to stay into his 80s. Another (Pete Carrol) said in response to that, “Why stop there?”

The third recently addressed when he may decide to pack it in.

“As long as I feel good, I love doing it,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday when speaking to reporters at his annual golf tournament, via “I’ve said this before. I’ve been a part of a team since I was nine years old, and it scares me to death to figure what it’s going to be like when I’m not a part of a team.”

That answer arguably implies there’s a chance Saban at some point won’t be part of the Alabama team, but that interpretation may be fueled by my own desire to see him return to the NFL and attempt to rectify a pair of failed seasons in Miami. Regardless, if Saban plans to coach for another 10 or 15 years, maybe he won’t finish his career where he currently is.

Wherever he ends up, he plans to keep going.

“As long as I feel healthy and I can do it, we certainly have every intention of trying to do it,” Saban said. “If I felt like I couldn’t do it to the standard that I want to do it then I think that would be time not to do it. But I certainly don’t feel like that’s any time soon.”

Saban also was asked whether he thinks about the reality that, at some point, he won’t be coaching.

“I don’t think that anybody can not have those thoughts,” Saban said “But my thought it that I want to do it as long as I feel like I can do it. I really enjoy being around the players. I really enjoy trying to create value for them and their future whether it’s their personal development, seeing them graduate, seeing them develop as football players and have opportunities in life. I think we do it as well at Alabama because of the team that we have as any place, and I’m really proud of that.”

He should be. Saban has become one of the most successful college football coaches ever. Only he knows whether the lack of success at the NFL level will draw him back there.

14 responses to “Nick Saban has no timetable for retirement

  1. Nick Saban will stay with college ball because he doesn’t know how to coach in the NFL.

  2. If you could do Miami fans a favor and stop CC’ing us any time Saban news hits the stream we’d really appreciate it.

  3. Just because a guy is great in college doesn’t mean he will be great in NFL. On the flip side, it also applies to NFL coaches. Belichick is a great NFL guy but it doesn’t mean he will be able to recruit and deal with guys coming out of high school as well as the top college guys like Saban. Belichick and Saban are basically equal in terms of X’s and O’s but there’s more to it in each sport.

  4. Saban to me is the classic case of a coach who best as a college coach and should stay there.
    And not only that but would an NFL team pay him at the level he is at with Bama or pay him more? Maybe if a desperate owner wants to sell tickets by hiring him.

  5. I would never want to play for this jerk! He makes Belichick seem like a really nice guy. lol

  6. I wouldn’t leave college if I were him.

    Sweetest job, great pay, national champion again and again, don’t have to deal with ownership, and all the college chicks you want.

    That was pretty awesome though when he made that lineman cry in training camp. Hilarious.

  7. Belichick and Saban have been close since their time with the Brownies. If you don’t know by now, expect a Belichick answer from Saban

  8. Dabo ain’t going anywhere, so Saban can stay there as long as he wants. But when Nick’s ready to retire, the only phone call being made will be to Clemson, South Carolina.

  9. The great Paul “Bear” Bryant said once that he would die in a month if he ever retired. After he did retire, he was in the hospital within 5 days and died in 30. Saban has about 5 more yrs in him, he’s not going to the NFL.

  10. Yeah you guys are probably right. Saban went 15-17 (.469) over 2 years in Miami. (9-7 and 6-10) Not even close to being average. (snark)
    The six coaches that followed Saban have a combined record of 72-89 (.447)

    I can agree with how definitive the rest of the group is on how Saban would fare in the NFL had he stayed? I know I could certainly live with a 15-17 record after a guys first two seasons as the skipper of my team.

    Bill Belichick was 13 and 19 after his first two seasons as a n NFL head coach. It was BB’s fourth year as the Browns HC before he had an 11-5 record. 1994 was also the last time the Browns won a playoff game. ironically that win came against the New England Patriots.

  11. bamabrad1970 says:
    Jun 9, 2017 12:56 PM
    9-7 is a failed season?
    Not if you’re Jeff Fisher.

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