There has been speculation all year long about whether Alabama head coach Nick Saban will leave Tuscaloosa to return to the NFL, where he coached the Miami Dolphins for two seasons and also served as a defensive coordinator in years past, but Saban himself seems pretty content staying right where he is.
Appearing on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, Saban made his feelings on the matter clear.
“Right now, I’m pretty happy with where I’m at,” Saban said. “Haven’t really been, I don’t know, motivated to go anywhere else or do anything else at this time.”
Saban isn’t wrong. He has gone 100-18 (57-12 SEC) since arriving at Alabama in 2007 and has since become one of the most polarizing figures in college football, his being a phenomenal recruiter and builder of strong defenses from top to bottom. Moreover, he makes close to $7 million a year and is the highest paid coach in college football. Not only that, but there’s actually a clause in his contract that says he must be the highest paid in the game under any and all circumstances.
That type of job security doesn’t exist in the pros unless you’re Bill Belichick who, oddly enough, Saban served under with the Cleveland Browns many moons ago, so to say that Saban will leave college for the NFL at age 64 when he has such perks at Alabama is unrealistic.
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