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When Nick Saban Leaves Alabama, This Is Where He'll Go

A closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Nick Saban is probably going to be coaching college football for a while longer. He recently told ESPN's Chris Low that he can't imagine himself doing something else anytime soon.

"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."

When he does leave Alabama (sorry, Crimson Tide fans, it's going to happen at some point), it won't be for another head coaching gig. It'll be for TV.

You're going to end up seeing Nick Saban on ESPN as an analyst. Alabama's head coach has consistently made appearances on the network, including College GameDay, and that's where he will end up.

This is what Kirk Herbstreit thinks, anyway. The ESPN college football analyst recently spoke of Saban's admiration for a TV job.

“His next step, to me, will be in the media,” Herbstreit said on Golic & Wingo. “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?’”

Media analyst Richard Deitsch seems to agree with this line of thinking. Deitsch says that no coach is more coveted for an analyst gig than Saban.

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

Don't expect this move to happen anytime soon, though. While Saban is 66 years old, he said after Alabama's national title win over Georgia that he can't see himself hanging it up in the near future.

"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,” Saban told ESPN's Rece Davis.