After the Alabama vs LSU game on Saturday, we all watched as Nick Saban leapt into the arms of AJ McCarron. Alabama nation saw a side that is rarely shown by Saban: pure happiness.
With all of the scrutiny going around about Terry Saban purchasing property in Austin, Texas, a few weeks ago, could that exciting moment Saban provided on Saturday calm the worries many Alabama fans have about losing their God-sent coach?
Yes. In my opinion, I don’t feel Saban is going anywhere anytime soon. Sure, he’s been known to say he’s not leaving, then soon after move on to another place. But Saban isn’t the man he used to be, literally. He’s much older, much wiser, and has a much nicer paycheck. He works for one of the winningest programs in the nation, one many coaches would die to coach at. If Saban left for the University of Texas, he would be working hard to make a program successful way into his 70’s.
Saban has addressed leaving to the media several times over the past few months. I held up a sign at the Alabama vs. Tennessee game on October 26th that read: “Saban, We’ll stay for 60, if you stay forever.”
When I made the sign, my goal was for a deal to be made, and there was! During his post-game press conference Saban was asked about my sign, and if it was a deal. His response? “Sounds like a good deal to me!”
Coach Saban then said, “I love it here. I’m too damn old to go some place else and start all over, I can tell you that. I know Mrs. Terry likes it here. The fans and the whole Alabama community have really embraced us from the first day we came here. We appreciate that,” Saban said. “I know we have lots of challenges in the future. We’re certainly up for those challenges. I’m not really at the stage of my career where I’m looking for some other big sort of challenge. We’ve got enough challenges right here to try to work with the players we recruited and try to continue to have a successful program for their personal, academic, and athletic success.”
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Many Alabama fans hope Saban and Bear Bryant will have two things in common: Be two of the winningest coaches in history, and that they won’t stop coaching at Alabama until death do us part!
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