There has been plenty of discussion about how much Alabama football coach Nick Saban has left in the tank, but recent comments make you believe the 66-year-old could be hanging around for the foreseeable future. If Saban were to walk away from coaching, it would be understandable after winning six national championships and even enjoying a brief stint in the NFL, but a fear of what could be next could be the determining factor in keeping the head coach on the sidelines.
In a recent interview, Saban opened up about his future and admitted to being a little scared about what could come next.
“What scares me more than continuing to coach is, what do you do if you don’t?” Saban told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I mean, I really enjoy what I’m doing, I enjoy the relationships with the players, I enjoy the competition and challenges of trying to maintain a high level of organization. I’ve been part of a team for God knows how many years, since I was 9 years old, and been a leader of a team for what, probably 20-something years now.”
As far as Saban is concerned, he is hoping to continue coaching as long as his health holds up.
“If I wasn’t healthy enough to do it and feel like I was doing it well, I wouldn’t want to continue to do it and ride the program down or anything like that,” Saban said. “But I certainly don’t feel that way and that’s not where my mindset is right now.”
Saban holds an overall record of 218-62-1 at the college level. The two-time AP Coach of the Year has won six national titles, 7 SEC championships, and 1 MAC championship.
Saban and the Crimson Tide will be looking to continue adding to their trophy cases this season when they kickoff their 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against the Louisville Cardinals at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.