Alabama head coach Nick Saban has no intentions of hanging em’ up yet.
After winning his fifth national championship yesterday defeating no. 1-ranked Clemson 45-40, tying former Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant for most championships ever, Saban was asked by ESPN.com how much longer he intends on coaching and the 64-year-old said he doesn’t have a timetable yet for retirement.
“The one thing I’ve always said is I’ve been a part of a team since I was nine years old,” he said. “It scares me to ever think of the day when I wouldn’t be a part of the team. The feeling that you get being associated with a group like this makes you want to do it more.
“That’s kind of how I feel about it. I know you can’t do this forever, but I certainly enjoy the moment and certainly look forward to the future challenges that we have and really have no timetable for ever not being a part of a team.”
It sounds like Saban is gunning for a sixth championship to overtake Bryant as the winningest head coach ever. If he’s happy with the job, why would he want to leave? He’s put on a coaching clinic since taking the Alabama job in 2007, winning four national titles since 2009. In the last four seasons, the Crimson Tide have gone 50-6. He’s still got it. This is great news for Alabama fans, as Saban will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
Despite the win, Saban’s got plenty of work to do as his Crimson Tide roster is bound to change with players departing for the NFL draft. After some likely celebrating last night, it’s already time to get back to work on next season.