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That’s been the way since Nick Saban took over the program, and that’s how it’s going to be for as long as he wants to keep in charge of the Crimson Tide.
Not many coaches have managed to stay relevant for as long as Saban has, and his job might as well be one of the most demanding and draining in the nation.
That’s why people have often speculated whether he’ll retire at the end of every season, but he’s shown no desire to step down whatsoever.
Recently, ESPN analyst Stephen S. Smith interviewed Saban on his podcast, and, as one would expect, he asked him about his future.
Unsurprisingly, coach Saban reaffirmed his desire to stay in charge of the Crimson Tide, although he did admit that he plans to step down when he feels like he’s riding the program down:
“I basically love what I do,” Saban said. “I love the relationships with the players. I love trying to build a team with a group of people. Now that’s a lot of fun, and I enjoy doing that. I’m also very aware that I don’t want to ever ride the program down. In other words, there’s going to come a time when my age and my circumstance, everybody’s going to be able to tell somebody where he’s not gonna be there. I mean, ‘How long is he going to coach? Til he’s 90? And that will start to affect the program maybe in an adverse way. I don’t want to get there.”
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to”
Nick Saban isn’t going anywhere.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 9, 2023
Saban is entering his 70s, so that day might not be that far ahead in the future, but there’s no reason to believe that he’s no longer qualified or has kept up to date with modern trends.
The Crimson Tide aren’t coming off their best season by their standards, yet they still managed to end up on top of the SEC West and beat Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl.
So, all things considered, we wouldn’t put our money on Saban walking away from the game at the end of the 2023 season, either.
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