Nick Saban has seen many of his players undergo major surgeries due to injuries in his more than four decades as a coach. But it looks like he’s set to go under the knife as well in the coming days.
Saban announced on Friday that he will be soon be undergoing hip replacement surgery. He revealed that he had been suffering pain in his right hip for a month and believed he suffered a hip flexor.
“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year,” Saban said Saturday. “I want to coach for a lot of more years. So, whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive to get it taken care of. We’ll certainly do that and we have really good people to do it and I don’t think it should be a big deal.”
Per the report, Saban has said he expects to be “slowed” by the recovery for six to eight weeks.
Saban’s Alabama dynasty has shown no signs of slowing down since winning the BCS National Title game in 2009. His program is the only one to appear in all five edition of the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
He only needs one more national title win to tie Bear Bryant for the most in college football history. He came close in the 2018 season, only to lose to Clemson in the national title game.
A little hip replacement isn’t likely to stop him.