The SEC Network analyst on what could make Finebaum leave Alabama.
We’re probably going to be talking about the possibility of Nick Saban leaving Alabama every year for the rest of his tenure in Tuscaloosa. That’s just where we’re at right now.
Alabama’s head coach just won his sixth national championship – his fifth in nine seasons with the Crimson Tide – and a couple of big-time NFL openings have people wondering if this might be it for Saban.
It almost certainly won’t be. Saban not being Alabama’s head coach at the start of the 2018 season would be an incredible shock.
Still, it’s fair to question if Saban is going to be coaching that Crimson Tide for a bunch of more years.
What could be the reason behind Saban eventually leaving Alabama? Boredom.
That’s what Paul Finebaum thinks, anyway. The ESPN analyst said on College Football Live earlier this month that Saban might just not have anything left to accomplish.
“I just think as comfortable as he is, and he also owns a couple of Mercedes dealerships he could manage from anywhere, but at some point, I would be bored,” Finebaum said, per 247Sports’ Brad Crawford. “He’s pretty much exhausted the competition. At some point, he knows how difficult it is, and you mention Jimbo Fisher out West, you have Kirby Smart in the East. Kirby out-recruited Saban in the early signing period … Saban, at 66, knows all this.
“Again, maybe I’m thinking too internally, but he knows how difficult it was to get this championship (over Georgia). Even though he’s there every year, but it is not automatic.”
That’s pretty fair.
Saban, though, has said nothing to suggest that he’s going to leave Alabama anytime soon. The 66-year-old head coach told ESPN’s Rece Davis that he wants to continue doing this for as long as he can.