Interesting news out of the Sunshine State today, as a Twitter user known only as “Tampa Sports Insider” is reporting that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is interviewing for the Buccaneers’ head coaching job recently vacated due to the dismissal of Lovie Smith after two seasons.
This is certainly a big rumor, albeit one that should be taken with a giant grain of salt. Many rumors have been tying Saban to wanting to make an NFL return, but he has zero incentive to leave Tuscaloosa regardless of how much money the Bucs may throw at him.
Consider this: Saban has gone 99-18 (57-12 SEC) in nine seasons with Alabama and has three national championships to his name, and that number could increase to four depending on what happens against Clemson on Monday. On top of that, he has a reputation as, probably, the best recruiter in college football and his teams are constantly in contention for a national title.
Recruits line up to play for him.
Most important of all, however, is that Saban has a clause in his contract that allows him to be the highest paid coach in college football regardless of circumstance. He has also been an NFL coach before, going 15-17 in two years with the Miami Dolphins.
That didn’t work out, so why try the NFL again at age 64?
That said, unless a legitimate news source comes out and says the same thing, don’t expect Saban to leave the college ranks anytime soon.
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