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Nick Saban wants change in college football. Not surprisingly, college football fans are all for it.

The former legendary coach retired after the 2024 Rose Bowl Game. His Crimson Tide fell to eventual champion Michigan in a classic overtime battle in Pasadena. Saban walked away from the game he dominated as a head coach with Alabama, and previously LSU, who he won a National Championship with in 2003. Saban won several championships at Alabama in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2020.

Now, Saban has moved onto different pastures. He’ll be part of ESPN College GameDay this season after several sound moments at the desk in prior years.

Saban told ESPN’s Chris Low, “If my voice can bring about some meaningful change, I want to help any way I can.”

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“Because I love the players, and I love college football. What we have now is not college football — not college football as we know it. You hear sometimes the word ‘student-athlete.’ That doesn’t exist.”

If he does get into it, it won’t be as an official commissioner. Saban said he’s “not really looking for a job” to help motivate or install change but would rather play the spokesman role.

Nonetheless, people are excited about the possibility of Saban even being a spokesperson. With so much going around the game, there needs to be someone to help reel it all in.

The college football world reacted to the news.


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