Alabama fans seem pretty content with Nick Saban as the head coach of their football program. It doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere for quite some time either.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has won six national championships – five with the Crimson Tide. Before it’s all said and done, he’s likely going to win a few more. It doesn’t look like Saban plans on hanging it up for a long time.
ESPN’s Chris Low dropped an interesting piece full of quotes from Saban on Tuesday morning. It makes it pretty clear that Saban has no plans on retiring soon – mostly because he’s not sure what he would do with his time. He says he still greatly enjoys coaching, so he has no reason to stop doing it.
Saban also made it clear that he won’t keep coaching if his program is going downhill. He says he’s still other coaches do that, and it’s “tarnished” their legacy.
“That’s what everybody keeps saying, that I’m not going to be doing this for much longer, and all the people who say it have no idea what I’m going to do,” Saban told ESPN during a wide-ranging interview. “I’ve been involved in some fashion with football and being a part of a football team ever since I can remember. I don’t know what it would be like not doing it and don’t want to know.”
“The way I look at it is, as long as I’m healthy and as long as I feel that I can do a good job, I want to keep doing it because I enjoy doing it,” Saban said. “What I don’t want to do is just stay forever, forever and forever and ride the program down where I’m not creating value. I would never want to do that, and I think I’m a long ways from doing that. I don’t want to talk about anybody else, but there have been a couple of coaches where their legacy was tarnished by them maybe doing it longer than they should have. That won’t be me.”
Saban has been at Alabama since 2007. He’s won national titles in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. He also won one at LSU in 2003.
My sitdown with Nick Saban, who at 66 years old and coming off his 5th national title in the last 9 years loves the grind and loves coaching as much as he ever did. "I don't know what it would be like not doing it and don't want to know," Saban told me. https://t.co/YYJO8PYrde
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) March 20, 2018
Saban is 66 years old, so he’s probably closer to the end of his career than the start. But it isn’t unheard of for coaches (like Joe Paterno) to coach into their 80s. The rest of the SEC probably wishes he’d hang it up.