Coming off of yet another national championship, Nick Saban is set to enter his tenth season as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Saban has continuously been able to produce national title contenders throughout his time in Tuscaloosa, but it looks like that time could be coming to an end. At least that’s what rival head coaches appear to be telling recruits.
During a recent sit down, Nick Saban discussed what other programs are using against him in recruiting and he says it is his age.
“I’m not looking to get out. I’m really not, even though I know that’s going to start being talked about more now,” said Saban in an interview with ESPN’s Chris Low.
“What I have noticed is that it’s the first time people are starting to say to recruits, ‘He won’t be there the whole time you’re there,’ because of my age. Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don’t know. But if it did, it would make you say, ‘Well, what’s up with this?’ My philosophy is that I’m going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program.”
You can’t blame the rivals for giving that strategy a shot, but Saban seems content staying in Alabama for the foreseeable future.
And considering the Crimson Tide have continuously been able to put together No. 1 recruiting classes, it’s safe to say the recruits don’t seem too turned off by Nick Saban’s age and that opposing strategy is failing.
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