Today’s College Football Drove Nick Saban Retirement
Nick Saban may be the greatest college football coach ever. But the game has changed in the past few years. In fact, it’s changed so much I thing he had had enough and decided to walk away when he announced he was retiring yesterday, after 17 years with Alabama.
Despite being in his 70’s he seemed as fiery and competitive as ever. He can still coach and he can still recruit. And he has the greatest coaching tree in the history of the sport. In fact, several coaches who’s careers seemed to be at a dead end, came to Alabama as assistants or “consultants” and revitalized their careers. We called it “coaching re-hab.”
MORE THAN COACHING
But, in addition to coaching and recruiting, a head coach now a days has to re-recruit his own players each year from going into the transfer portal seeking greener (money) pastures. Plus he has to replentish his roster by using that same portal. And Name, Image, and Likeness has hauled the sport to the doorsteps of professional sports. It’s a lot to juggle for anyone. But especially a coach in his 70’s with nothing else to prove regarding his great legacy.
NICK SABAN TRIVIA
- How many national championships did Nick Saban win at Alabama? 6
- How many national championships did Nick Saban win as a head coach? 7
- What P5 coach does he appear with in Aflack commercials? Coach Prime
- Name all the 4 schools Saban was a head coach? Toledo, Michigan State, LSU, Alabama
- In 1991 he became the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns under what head coach? Bill Belichick
- Where did Nick Saban play defensive back in college? Kent State
- Who was Nick Saban’s starting quarterback with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006? Gus Frerotte & Joey Harrington
- What is Mrs. Saban’s first name? Terry
- Where was Nick Saban born? Fairmont, West Virginia
- Name the 5 coaches he appeared with in the 2009 movie “The Blind Side?” Lou Holtz, Phil Fulmer, Ed Orgeron, Tommy Tuberville, Houston Nutt.