Nick Saban is reportedly frustrated with a lack of appreciation from the fan base.
Nick Saban isn’t leaving Alabama for the NFL. Probably.
Still, reports are starting to surface about the Crimson Tide head coach’s current feelings about his future in the program. A new report says the 66-year-old head coach is starting to get “frustrated” with one aspect of the job.
Aaron Suttles, an Alabama beat reporter for The Tuscaloosa News, joined The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network on Monday afternoon. He revealed that Saban is starting to grow frustrated with an aspect of the fan base.
“I’ve been told behind-the-scenes there’s a growing frustration with a lack of appreciation. If the team doesn’t go perfect the fan base gets a little upset,” Suttles told Finebaum.
This isn’t that hard to believe, to be honest.
Saban has built Alabama into the most-dominant program in college football, by far. The Crimson Tide had a ridiculous stretch of No. 1 recruiting classes. They’re in College Football Playoff and national title contention every year.
And they win – a lot. Alabama’s most-recent national title, an overtime win over Georgia, was the Crimson Tide’s fifth national title in nine seasons. That’s just insane.
So, yeah, Alabama’s fan base is probably getting unrealistic with its expectations. And when the Crimson Tide do win titles, the fans probably don’t appreciate it much as, say, a fan base like Georgia would.
"I've been told behind-the-scenes there's a growing frustration with a lack of appreciation. If the team doesn't go perfect the fan base gets a little upset" – @AaronSuttles on Nick Saban pic.twitter.com/by1ySYu2Vk
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 15, 2018
But this is what Nick Saban has built. And it’s tough to see him leaving anytime soon because of it. He spoke to ESPN’s Rece Davis about his future.
“I’ve always just looked at the next challenge,” Saban said. “And I really enjoy what I’m doing. I’ve been a part of a team for a long time. I don’t know what it would be like to not be a part of a team. And the relationships that you have with players, with coaches, the people in your organization who you respect because of their contributions and commitment to what you’re trying to do.
“These are all things I think are a little bit unique, but very self-gratifying. I know that I can’t do this forever, but as long as I enjoy it and feel like I can provide the right stuff for the people in the organization to have a chance to be successful on and off the field, I certainly enjoy having the opportunity to do it.”