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REPORT: Nick Saban Will Coach Until He “Croaks Over”

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REPORT: Nick Saban Will Coach Until He “Croaks Over”

As the 2023 college football season approaches, questions surrounding the future of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban continue to circulate.

At 72 years old, some skeptics wonder just how much longer the legendary coach can continue leading the Crimson Tide. However, Saban himself has made it clear that he has no intention of hanging up his whistle anytime soon.

During a recent conversation with Alabama wide receiver commit Ryan Williams, a highly regarded five-star prospect in the 2025 class, Saban expressed his dedication to the game and his desire to coach for as long as his health allows.

Williams shared the details of their conversation during an interview with the Cover 3 Podcast’s Bud Elliott.

“[Saban told me] he’s going to be coaching until he croaks over,” Williams revealed. “And he’s got some time.”

Williams’ commitment to Alabama is seen as a testament to Saban’s persuasive words, as other programs have reportedly tried to exploit retirement rumors in an attempt to lure blue-chip talent away from the Crimson Tide.

Williams, ranked as the number three overall prospect in his class by 247Sports, received offers from over two dozen schools during his recruitment.

This is not the first time Saban has brushed off retirement speculation. In an era where the demands on college coaches have intensified with the emergence of the transfer portal and Name, Image, and Likeness compensation, Saban remains resolute in his love for the game and his commitment to his players.

At last year’s SEC Media Days, he emphatically stated his passion for coaching.

“I love my job. I love it,” Saban declared. “I love the relationships with the players, I love the competition, the preparation for the games. I just love it.”

“I wish you all would ask all the other coaches who come up here – because they tell the recruits I’m going to retire – ask them how they know I’m going to retire when all I think about is what am I going to do if I retire, because I love what I’m doing now. So how am I going to be happy not coaching?”

Despite his age, Saban remains stronger than ever in the college football coaching landscape. As he enters the 2023 season, he will become the second-oldest FBS coach, only trailing North Carolina’s Mack Brown, who turns 72 in August.

Following closely behind is Kirk Ferentz, the longstanding Iowa coach who will be 68 in August.

With his unwavering commitment to the sport and the Tide program, a successful recruitment track record, and an unmatched coaching acumen, Nick Saban shows no signs of slowing down.

 

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