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Nick Saban Reveals He Regrets Leaving LSU For Dolphins

Nick Saban speaks to media after Alabama football's national championship loss to Clemson.

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the press conference after his teams 44-16 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Nick Saban is arguably the greatest coach in college football history - though much of his legacy has been built at Alabama over the past decade.

Would he be considered the Greatest of All-Time if he had never accepted the Miami Dolphins gig and failed in the NFL?

What if he never left LSU for Miami in the first place? On Tuesday, Saban was announced as one of eight 2020 competitive ballot inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

The decision comes years after his successful stint as the Tigers head coach which thrust him into the NFL.

According to a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports, leaving LSU is one of his biggest regrets.

"And I know a lot of LSU fans think I left for whatever reasons, but I left because I wanted to be a pro coach, or thought I wanted to be a pro coach. We loved LSU. We worked hard to build the program. If there was one thing professionally that I would do over again, it would've been not to leave LSU."

Saban left LSU after 9-3 season for a shot in the pros.

After just two seasons, he flamed out of the NFL and landed at Alabama. The rest, as they say, is history.