Despite rumors of Nick Saban possibly bouncing for the NFL, the most successful college football coach is staying put through the 2024 season, per a team-issued presser.
“Terry and I are pleased and happy to agree to the contract extension The University of Alabama has offered us, ensuring our time here in Tuscaloosa will continue for many more years,” Saban said. “This has become our home and we are looking forward to finishing our career at Alabama. I want to thank President Bell, Greg Byrne, our athletic administration, football staff and the entire University community for all of their support, which has been instrumental in the success of our organization. We are extremely proud of the young men who have represented the Crimson Tide on the football field, and more importantly, what they have been able to accomplish in their lives off the field because of their involvement in our program.”
Saban is entering his 11th season with Alabama, winning four National Championships over the last decade. Saban has helped produce 22 first-round draft picks and 65 total NFL players.
“It is an exciting day when we can announce that the best football coach in the country has agreed to a contract extension,” said Byrne. “Before I came to Alabama, I was always impressed with Coach Saban and how he ran his program. After being here and seeing first-hand the job that he does, I’ve come away even more impressed. Coach Saban has obviously won a lot of football games and championships, but he has also done an outstanding job when it comes to academics and community service. I don’t think you can measure the positive impact he and Ms. Terry have made over the last decade. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
There have been rumors that Saban would jump to the Indianapolis Colts in recent years.
Another report from Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman shed a different light:
“No matter the source, NFL people believe Saban wasn’t about to head back to the NFL, nor will he ever.”
From a prior report via Freeman, “every team with an opening reached out to Nick Saban.”
“All of us were told to f–k off,” said (one NFL team) official, “but in a very polite and respectful manner.”
Looks like Saban won’t be going anywhere soon.