Nick Saban comments on the idea of retirement

Alabama fans seem pretty content with Nick Saban as the head coach of their football program. It doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere for quite some time either.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has won six national championships – five with the Crimson Tide. Before it’s all said and done, he’s likely going to win a few more. It doesn’t look like Saban plans on hanging it up for a long time.

ESPN’s Chris Low dropped an interesting piece full of quotes from Saban on Tuesday morning. It makes it pretty clear that Saban has no plans on retiring soon – mostly because he’s not sure what he would do with his time. He says he still greatly enjoys coaching, so he has no reason to stop doing it.

Saban also made it clear that he won’t keep coaching if his program is going downhill. He says he’s still other coaches do that, and it’s “tarnished” their legacy.

“That’s what everybody keeps saying, that I’m not going to be doing this for much longer, and all the people who say it have no idea what I’m going to do,” Saban told ESPN during a wide-ranging interview. “I’ve been involved in some fashion with football and being a part of a football team ever since I can remember. I don’t know what it would be like not doing it and don’t want to know.”

“The way I look at it is, as long as I’m healthy and as long as I feel that I can do a good job, I want to keep doing it because I enjoy doing it,” Saban said. “What I don’t want to do is just stay forever, forever and forever and ride the program down where I’m not creating value. I would never want to do that, and I think I’m a long ways from doing that. I don’t want to talk about anybody else, but there have been a couple of coaches where their legacy was tarnished by them maybe doing it longer than they should have. That won’t be me.”

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The Miami Dolphins' new coach Nick Saban talks during a press conference at the Dolphins training center in Davie, Florida, January 4, 2005. Saban is one of the most successful collegiate coaches over last five years. REUTERS/Carlos Barria CB/SV
Miami Dolphins new head coach Nick Saban watches his team run drills on the first day of camp in Davie, Florida, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Marc Serota MS/LA
Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban argues a call during a game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami, Florida, November 6, 2005. Atlanta defeated Miami 17-10. REUTERS/Marc Serota
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban argues a call against the New England Patriots in Miami, Florida November 13, 2005.The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 23-16.REUTERS/Marc Serota
Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban (C) watches as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (R) intercepts a pass meant for Miami receiver Chris Chamber (84) in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES)
University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban takes the field as he returns to Tiger Stadium to take on Louisiana State University during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana November 8, 2008. Saban is the former head coach of LSU. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES)
University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban poses with Heisman Memorial Trophy award winner running back Mark Ingram (R) at a news conference in New York December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama coach Nick Saban throws during team practice for the BCS Championship NCAA college football game in Costa Mesa, California January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban directs his team against the LSU Tigers during the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans, January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban (C) watches Josh Chapman hold up the trophy after their team defeated the LSU Tigers during the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban points upwards after his team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs during the NCAA SEC college football championship in Atlanta, Georgia, December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks during media day for the 2013 BCS National Championship NCAA football game in Miami, Florida January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
University of Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban stands next to the Coaches' Trophy after his team beat Notre Dame in the NCAA college football 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 8, 2013. This is Saban's fourth title and third at Alabama. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban on the field prior to the 2015 Sugar Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after winning the 2015 SEC Championship Game against the Florida Gators at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 29-15. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) dunks head coach Nick Saban with Gatorade after the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Alabama won 45-40. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; President Barack Obama holds an honorary game ball presented by Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban (left) during a ceremony honoring the 2015 national champion Crimson Tide in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport American Football NCAA) *** Local Caption *** 2016-03-02T220115Z_870359777_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_NCAA-FOOTBALL-ALABAMA-WHITE-HOUSE-VISIT.JPG
Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban holds up two fingers on the field against the LSU Tigers during the forth quarter quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban after the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban holds up two fingers on the field against the LSU Tigers during the forth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban greets Bo Jackson (left) before the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2018 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban wears a hat backwards as he talks to quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) after the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2018 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to media after wining the National Championship during a press conference at the Sheraton Downtown hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Alabama head coach Nick Saban arrives at the stadium before a college football game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 23, 2017 at Commodore Stadium in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Jamie Gilliam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Saban has been at Alabama since 2007. He’s won national titles in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. He also won one at LSU in 2003.

 

Saban is 66 years old, so he’s probably closer to the end of his career than the start. But it isn’t unheard of for coaches (like Joe Paterno) to coach into their 80s. The rest of the SEC probably wishes he’d hang it up.

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