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What Nick Saban Will Do After Leaving Alabama, According To Kirk Herbstreit

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The college football offseason is time to coaching hypotheticals. What will Nick Saban do whenever he leaves Alabama?

Kirk Herbstreit thinks he knows what Saban's next stop will be. It's not the NFL.

The ESPN college football analyst said on Golic & Wingo earlier this year that he believes Alabama's head coach has a future in TV following his coaching career. Whenever Saban decides to retire, he'll have a spot on the College GameDay set.

“His next step, to me, will be in the media,” Herbstreit said. “I think he’ll either be sitting on College GameDay, or I think he’ll be calling games. I think that’s an itch for him potentially down the road.

“I think he really enjoys when he comes on our show, almost like a little boy. You know, when he comes on and gets a chance to do it, he’ll get done with his segment and say, ‘What do you think? How’d that go? How was that? Think it was OK?'”

Sports Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch believes Saban is target No. 1 for ESPN when it comes to coaches-turned-analysts.

"Based on my ESPN reporting, there is no current coach ESPN management desires more as an analyst post-coaching than Nick Saban," Deitsch says.

The question, obviously, is how much longer will Saban coach? He's 66, but seems as motivated as ever. Saban said after Alabama's win in the national title game that it was the happiest he's ever been.

Alabama should compete for another national title in 2018. The Crimson Tide are No. 2 in ESPN's way-too-early preseason top 25.

ESPN might have to wait for a while.