Nick Saban signed a contract extension earlier this week, which, if he finishes it out, will keep him in Tuscaloosa as Alabama's head coach through the 2025 season. But will he actually finish it out and coach until he is 74 years old?
One of Saban's former quarterback - Greg McElroy, thinks so. McElroy, who works for the SEC Network these days, believes that Saban will likely finish out the contract. He also thinks that Saban, somehow, is going to try to make sure his last season results in a national championship.
McElroy thinks it's possible that Saban tries his hand in television and then returns for a short time to coaching afterward too.
"Age ain't nothing but a number for him ... he doesn't look at himself like a 66-year-old and feels like he's in incredible health," McElroy said. “It’s going to be one of those things where he wins a championship, because I don’t think he’ll ever go out having not won one — knowing how much that would probably stick with him. So he’s going to win a championship, retire pretty abruptly… and then, my guess would be do some television and then maybe go back for one more run.
"It’s really interesting to me that he’s signed up for this long. I'd be surprised if he shuts it down before that. I really would."
Saban's new contract will pay him over $75 million if he stays through the 2025 season. Some believe that regardless, Alabama is getting a deal.
That said, fans of college football's other top powers want Saban to retire as quickly as possible. Alabama has won five of the past nine national titles and shows no signs of slowing down.
Alabama will likely be the No. 1-ranked team in the country when the Coaches' Poll and the AP Poll come out next month.