Nick Saban leave Alabama? It's going to happen soon, according to one prominent on-air personality.
Fox Sports' Clay Travis appeared on his colleague Colin Cowherd's show today, and the two discussed the 64-year-old head coach. They brought up a recent ESPN piece from Ivan Maisel detailing a kinder, gentler Saban.
Both men agreed that they thought Saban has been acting strangely, but for different reasons. Cowherd thinks it is because there's something off with the Crimson Tide, while Travis says it is because Saban knows he is leaving Tuscaloosa soon.
Travis predicted that Saban will leave 'Bama after this season or next, and go right on to work at ESPN's College GameDay. He also added he anticipates the Crimson Tide being "really good" this season, but predicts they will lose to LSU and miss out on the SEC West title.
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Now, there have been rumors about Saban leaving Alabama before. Who can forget all the speculation that he was headed to Texas? We suppose Saban retiring soon isn't an impossibility, but it does appear highly unlikely.
After all, Saban still has the Tide machine rolling. Alabama is the defending national champion, they're recruiting at an incredibly high level and they're widely regarded as a top five team heading into this season. Unless Saban is truly wearing down or is getting bored, why would he step down?
So will Nick Saban leave Alabama? Not before his team opens up its 2016 season on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Tex. against USC.
If the Crimson Tide want to successfully defend their national championship, they will have to navigate a challenging schedule that includes road trips to Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee.