Nick Saban uses two words to describe his retirement after losing to UGA
If there’s one thing Alabama football fans cherish more than their rendition of “Dixieland Delight,” it’s Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.
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Saban, 70, left Louisiana State University in 2004 to take up an NFL head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins. After proclaiming it was a “huge mistake to quit college football,” he became the head coach of the University of Alabama in 2007. Since then, Saban and The Tide have won six national championships in over the past 15 years. In fact, since the College Football Playoffs (CFP) began in 2014, Alabama has only been ruled out once, in 2019.
This year, however, the team lost a heartbreak to the University of Georgia at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In the wake of the loss to UGA on Jan. 10, 2022 — to former assistant, former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, no less — Saban’s future has been a priority for the faithful by Crimson Tide.
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The former Cleveland Browns coach has previously shared that he doesn’t plan on retiring “anytime soon” and recently explained where he currently stands with regards to retirement. He told the Alabama Football Coaches Association:
“Everyone asks me when I want to retire. Retire from what? I’m gonna jump into an empty abyss, okay, what am I gonna do? Because the very challenges that I talk about and the things that concern me in our profession – for you and for me, in your game and ours – that’s what keeps me going. That’s why I get up every day. That’s why I can’t sleep at night sometimes.
“Then why stop doing that? I haven’t figured this one out yet.
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The two words he used to describe he was no longer a manager were ’empty abyss’, so it doesn’t look like the septuagenarian has any intention of leaving the touchline anytime soon.
After Tide’s failed attempt at back-to-back national championships – they easily beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2021 after a loss to the Trevor Lawrence-managed Clemson Tigers in their last championship appearance in 2019 – ESPN has reported on Saban’s response to losing star wide Jameson Williams early in the match:
“This guy has contributed tremendously to our team all year,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of Williams. “He’s got great speed. He’s a vertical threat. I think our offensive coaches have done a great job using his talent this year. He’s been very productive. Anytime you lose players like this, it has an impact on your team.
“It gives other players opportunities, and I’m not disappointed with how they reacted to that, but there’s no doubt that you win with great players. You win with great people. And he’s been a great person and a great player in our team all year round so when you take him out of training it has to have an impact.
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The Crimson Tide will kick off the 2022 season on September 3, 2022 against Utah State at Bryant-Denney Stadium. Their Southeastern Conference schedule begins Sept. 24 against Vanderbilt.
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