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Saban: Alabama is where I plan to end my career

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If there was any doubt about what Nick Saban‘s plans are for his career, they can probably be put to rest. Saban, after agreeing to a lucrative contract extension at Alabama Friday night, said in a statement this will be his final job.

“We are excited about the future and the University of Alabama is where I plan to end my coaching career,” Saban said in his statement.

Saban has gone on record a number of times about his previous coaching jobs to suggest he will not leave only to accept a job elsewhere, but for some reason this just seems a tad more legitimate of a statement. After all, there is a statue bearing his likeness sitting outside the football stadium already. Given Saban’s age and his list of accomplishments to this point, along with his previous comments about being too old to start over somewhere else, it really would be a shock if Saban is coaching anywhere else outside of Alabama in the coming years.

Bill Battle, University of Alabama Director of Athletics, was certainly happy to have Saban locked up with the updated contract.

“Coach Saban is the best in the business and has led our program to the pinnacle of college football,” Battle said in his statement. “This agreement is a strong indication of our mutual commitment to building on the foundation he has established.”

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  1. charger383 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:16 PM

    Pay the Man

    Roll Tide

  2. suprmous says: Dec 13, 2013 11:19 PM

    Keep talkin and the more you talk the more you’ll have a hellva time convincin the masses, Oh Swami. I’ve heard the spill before and when you’ve heard it countless times before it tends to fall on deaf ears. Could it be that’s why East Landsing and other places don’t care to elobrate on things,hmmmmmmm?

  3. southernpatriots says: Dec 13, 2013 11:20 PM

    I would have missed Saban if he had gone to UT or outside the SEC. Few people are ambivalent about Coach Nick Saban. Either they love him, or they hate him, or approximations of each.

    I am sure Tide fans have exhaled a sigh of relief, and some other fans are saying some form of “rats!” Everything is as it was, and apparently will continue.

    Whether Saban used it or not for a hefty raise in pay, the events and rumors only fueled his agent to ask for more and receive more money. It was an agent’s dream.

  4. rabbi187 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:22 PM

    Nick Saban is a winning scum bag POS. Mack Brown is an underachieving class act. As a Texas fan, I’m still not sure if I’m happy with the status quo outcome…

  5. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:27 PM

    Super, I understand where your coming from. But you got to stop beating that drum. Saban said it was a mistake to leave LSU. He ment it as an apology too. You swore he was fine this time. A wise man said the best way to deal with baggage is to just let it go. He left you better then he found you, maybe focus on that. Merry Christmas my friend, and an exemplary new year.

  6. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 11:27 PM

    @suprmous …

    I ran a search of sports articles from 2003/2004 and couldn’t find any quoting Saban saying he planned to retire at LSU. Since you keep claiming he made that promise, perhaps you can post a link to an article that will back you up. Or a link to something from his time at Michigan State? We saw the film from Miami. The rest is just your bitter harping.

    According to fans at Oklahoma State, Les Miles told their players he wouldn’t leave. Do you obsessively hound Miles like this, too?

  7. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:28 PM

    Rabbi- yesterday he was coming to Texas and you loved him. You were already counting the wins.

  8. realfootballfan says: Dec 13, 2013 11:29 PM

    So much for what those Texas boosters confidently said. You got played for leverage.

  9. BrownsTown says: Dec 13, 2013 11:30 PM

    Tom Al-Betar.

    Roll Tide.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:30 PM

    What a disappointment. Nothing happened! Now we all can get to the status quo.

  11. rabbi187 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:32 PM

    normtide says:
    Dec 13, 2013 11:28 PM
    Rabbi- yesterday he was coming to Texas and you loved him. You were already counting the wins.
    ================
    Actually I was just as indifferent as I am right now. Mack is a class act who has underachieved the past 5 years. Saban is a scum bag who’s a proven winner.

  12. sportsfan18 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:39 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Dec 13, 2013 11:30 PM
    What a disappointment. Nothing happened! Now we all can get to the status quo.

    0 0

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nothing happened!

    Saban’s bank account and his agent beg to differ!

  13. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:40 PM

    So how is he a sum bag? Because he didn’t bow to Texas’ will? Believe it or not, not everyone thinks Texas is the promised land…

  14. suprmous says: Dec 13, 2013 11:41 PM

    normtide, thanks for the Season’s Wishes and same to you and your’s. As I told one other on here I’m tryin hard to change and truly am makin an effort. Realizin that “some” will never give me the benifit of the doubt’s ok but maintainin the effort’s a priority. With thanks to you and those others who’ve made me feel welcome I truly say Season’s Wishes to you and your’s and pray that all have a Safe and Wonderful Holiday Season. While some choose to criticize me that’s their choice and may they find it within themselves to take stock at what humanity’s all about, the differences we all have, the rights we have as a group of people, and the freedoms that we have. No more lectures, no more holier than thou brow beatins from me, just me bein who I am. If my bein who I am offends you I’m sorry but that’s the person I am. May each of you Good People find Peace and Love in the comin year.

  15. bralinshan says: Dec 13, 2013 11:52 PM

    Rabbi, it would seem the scumbag is YOU. Saban did something in Miami that you’d never do…change his mind about a job. Funny, people change jobs all the time, in sports and in life, but that’s OK. If people only applied the standards for their own lives…that they assign to other people…
    FYI Rabbi, Saban has made many millions for the university and has actually driven up applications to record numbers. That has increased academic competitiveness and led to higher standards across the board.
    The football team graduation rate is 80% and they are 2nd in the SEC this year to Vandy in grad rate. They had 10 football players on the team this year that had graduated and were already in grad school. He follows up and helps his ex-players get degrees when they left early.
    He’s also raised an amazing amount for his charity and he’s been involved heavily in the rebuilding effort after the tornado.
    If Saban is a scumbag, then I’d have no idea what to call YOU Rabbi…Saban is doing a lot with his life and has positively impacted more people this week than you will…in your lifetime.
    Oh yeah, and Texas still sucks. Your self important ragamuffin program that’s won exactly ONE national title in 43 years…is a legendary program only to the delusional fan base. Just so you know, Alabama has SEVEN NC’s in that span. For Saban, he’d been taking a HUGE step down in program quality. He’s too smart to take that overrated Texas job. Enjoy Mack Brown, he’s a perfect fit for your mediocre wannabe program. Remember, you’ve got ONE National Title in 43 years. Get a little perspective and understand that you can’t sniff Alabama’s jock. (Or LSU’s, Florida’s, Auburn’s, or even Georgia’s). Look at the bright side…Butch Davis might take your job if Mack steps away next year.

  16. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:53 PM

    No problem super. We have had a few lively debates, but I see them a just that. Debates. Plenty here hate me for being who I am. I’ll never apologize for that and don’t expect you too either. Maybe Saban leaves next year, who knows. But for now, he did what he said. Now everyone moves forward.

  17. remyje says: Dec 13, 2013 11:56 PM

    He’ll get ran out Bobby Bowden style before it’s over with

  18. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 12:13 AM

    @BrownsTown …

    Think I’m gonna visit Tom Al-Betar over the Christmas holidays. Maybe I’ll get you a tie. Wonder if he has anything in black and gold. I know how you love those colors ;)

  19. thermanmerman99 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:29 AM

    skoal and busch light sales are reaching record levels in gumpville this evening. the jim bobs and sue bobs in alabama havent been this excited since WWF Raw visited birmingham.

  20. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 1:45 AM

    Therm, I have to admit, I thought blatant elitist, racist people like you only posted on sites that spew the same rhetoric that you do. Not saying it’s good news. You just use the internet to hide your face instead of a good. If you can hate so easy, it’s certain you do so with anyone else that doesn’t share your race/religion/politics/economic level. While your own hate eats you up from the inside, those you hate flourish. Cheers to that.

  21. richiesnotincognegro says: Dec 14, 2013 6:21 AM

    Southerner’s, lol.

  22. bamatexan says: Dec 14, 2013 7:59 AM

    Poor rabbi187, he has the worst case of Saban envy that I have seen in a while. Ya think it is terminal?

  23. heauxbeaux44 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:03 AM

    Bammy rednecks like Deb are so entertaining….when you rednecks argue with each other, is that considered redneck on redneck crime?

  24. jmb795 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:05 AM

    The proxy for every college coach’s salary is Bammer/Saban. When he gets a raise, the rest of the coaches are celebrating their ultimate raise. Every FBS coach should send NIck and Terry a Christmas card.

  25. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 14, 2013 8:40 AM

    Again…Wow!!! If Auburn Finish The Drill and win This NC. It would have Cost us an Eighth of the price to win 2 in 4yrs as it did for BAMA to Win 3 in 4yrs! Now that’s Hilarious. The Heist continues. Normtide spin it however you may to suit your fancy. Little Brother Big Brother Blah blah blah. AU is back in another NC and it didn’t cost 7-7.5 Million to get a coach to get there.

    WDE

  26. geodude11 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:39 AM

    Anyone thinking Sabin was considering a move to Texas is requires assistance to long on. There is NOTHING UT could have offered him that ‘Bama hasn’t already offered or couldn’t match. And no Gumby, an office address in Austin isn’t part of it.

  27. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 10:21 AM

    If you want trying to show Bama just how good little brother is, why even bring up Bama. Some auburn fans crack me up. Always more worried about the tide than you are the tigers. During our recent run, auburn wasn’t anywhere near being on my mind. Your team is playing for a title, yet your worried about mine. Plus, did you factor in Cam’s salary? Or gene’s buyout? Your paying two head coaches, last year, this year, and next year. One could say your paying more. Poor auburn fan, so worried about Bama, your not even thinking, lol.

  28. thefiesty1 says: Dec 14, 2013 10:31 AM

    I told you that Saban going to Texas was NEVER gonna happen.

  29. bralinshan says: Dec 14, 2013 10:42 AM

    What Auburn fans should realize is that they’ve had a magical year that easily could have 3 losses attached to it.
    The GA game was a flat out gift that was out of your control.
    Here’s the bottom line before you get too giddy…
    NOBODY gives a good crap about the team that loses the NC game. The feel good story…doesn’t feel so good anymore. There’s a big letdown and if you finish second, you get ZERO glory.
    The winner gets immortalized for life. So, the stakes are high to say the least…
    Before you ascribe greatness to yourself, win the damn game first. Notre Dame got there with a similar magic season and nobody cared so much when it was over.

  30. 666undead says: Dec 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    So now “underachieved” has become a euphemistical, politically correct replacement for “got his assed kicked”? Texas fans are nearly as delusional as the Aubs.

  31. cometkazie says: Dec 14, 2013 11:09 AM

    normtide says:
    Dec 13, 2013 11:27 PM
    Super, I understand where your coming from. But you got to stop beating that drum. Saban said it was a mistake to leave LSU. He ment it as an apology too. You swore he was fine this time. A wise man said the best way to deal with baggage is to just let it go. He left you better then he found you, maybe focus on that.
    +-+-+
    You hit the nail on the head.

    Arnsparger was the only decent coach between Coach Mac and Coach Sabin. That was a long spell. Tulane even beat us a couple of times, or maybe several times. I tend to keep memories of that period back in the dim recesses.

  32. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 11:15 AM

    I have no issue with auburn fans, in theory. One of my best friends, a brother to me, is a huge AU fan. But, many are like ebrown. He is more worried about how Bama fans perceive his team. He was so zealous, he forgot the 3.5 million plus that they are still paying Gene. Have to love those quick extensions, wait, isn’t Gus getting one?

    Seriously, I’m pulling for auburn in January. This state could have 5 titles in a row, plus the SEC west and SEC dominance. Plus, for my auburn friends. But Mr. Brown, if your a real fan, concentrate on your recent success. We all know two years from now you may have to fire your coach.

  33. rolltide510 says: Dec 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    Given the way CFT liked to distort reality to make good headlines on this topic, I’m surprised it wasn’t titled “Saban mum on his future”, and include lines like “notice Saban didn’t explicitly say he wasn’t going to Texas — I’d watch this situation”.

  34. denverdude7 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:10 PM

    In other news…

    The University of Alabama has announced a 10% tuition increase effective in January 2014.

    Alumni applauded the increase noting that the proceeds would be directed to the football program.

    Roll Tide…

  35. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 14, 2013 12:35 PM

    Norm: Where did you get that southernpatriots carries any Satan, er Saban baggage? They are too busy to carry any baggage usually unless it is their own. I know many Dolphin fans and even some LSU fans that do, but not that family. Most LSU fans, however, just want to beat he and his team, along with the other teams we play each season.

    Saban definitely propelled us to a higher level, just as he did the failing program at Alabama, just as he would likely do anywhere. Glad he will still be available for us to aim at.

    denverdude7: That is funny, however, Alabama generates such a huge amount of revenue, I don’t think that will happen.

    I know that the LSU Tigers is the first football team to contract to pay to the LSU general fund, $5 million up front and then 1/2 of their profits each year. The LSU Tigers (football and all other athletic programs) do not receive any funds from tax payers or from students. All is self-generating and through boosters.

  36. guinsrule says: Dec 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    The new contract should say it’s only valid until Saban’s agent floats rumors of a possible move to the NFL and then Bama will have to dig deeper into the vault.

  37. rolltide510 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:41 PM

    denverdude7 says:
    Dec 14, 2013 12:10 PM
    In other news…

    The University of Alabama has announced a 10% tuition increase effective in January 2014.

    Alumni applauded the increase noting that the proceeds would be directed to the football program.

    Roll Tide…
    ———————–

    It’s okay that you don’t have any idea how college coaches get paid, because this reminds me of how auburn fans think their state income taxes pay Saban’s salary. Too much fun to correct them.

  38. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 12:42 PM

    Snapper, that post was for super. Wanting to beat him is the perfect response. Then again, you would want to beat us regardless who the coach is. The feeling is mutual.

  39. tominma says: Dec 14, 2013 12:57 PM

    There’s little doubt about his coaching ability! Great coach, colleague of Belichick. Alabama did well to lock him up.

  40. cometkazie says: Dec 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    normtide says:
    Dec 14, 2013 12:42 PM
    Snapper, that post was for super. Wanting to beat him is the perfect response. Then again, you would want to beat us regardless who the coach is. The feeling is mutual.
    +-+-+

    We want to beat them but we respect the team and school and some of their fans. ;)

    I thought DD7 was trying to be funny.

    Shoot, some LSU fans are still POed that Dietzel left for West Point, but they did manage to bring him back to fire Cholly Mac and look what happened after that. Except for the occasional bright spot, it was the doldrums.

    For me the good thing about the college season being over is it’s the time the NFL starts to get interesting.

    YMMV

  41. southernpatriots says: Dec 14, 2013 1:03 PM

    Alligatorsnapper! Call me, left numerous messages for you, do you have another cell now?

    Yep, Norm, beat Saban. You are right. We want to beat Bama no matter what personnel or coach may be there, but even a greater importance and rival, a real sting….beat Ole Miss. That one brings a few words to mind, that I won’t voice, but beat OLE MISS! Dear God. That is not baggage with Ole Miss, it just smarts or hurts deep. We just can’t let them get the thought that they can do that too often. Playing at LSU next season makes it easier, but that one will stick with me a while.

  42. skb8721 says: Dec 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    Somehow it’s been forgotten that the purpose of a university is to educate, not to entertain people with football. Yes, I know, Alabama makes a profit from football, but only about 25 college sports programs out of about 250 make a profit; all the rest either break even or more likely drain money from their schools. Sad. We’ll wake up, when China and India and other emerging nations, whose education systems aren’t burdened by a sports fixation, are snapping more closely at our heels academics-wise.

  43. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 14, 2013 2:52 PM

    Texas, the University not the State, has a major problem now. You have Mack a class gentleman and an above average coach. He is under contract until 2020 or until he decides to leave.

    All the news reporting and blog talk on how Texas was going to get Saban, Nick and Terri boarded a private jet for Austin to be at the Texas Football team dinner last evening, Terri and her daughter were in Austin looking at houses, a ten year 10 million dollar a year salary with ownership in the LHN and oil and gas leases included in his contract, a short list of assistant coaches that Saban had submitted for the Texas staff, and on and on and on….has done the University of Texas a great disservice.

    (1.) It reinforces the negative impression, right or wrong, of the University of Texas arrogance in thinking that they are more important than any other program. They aren’t The mere premise that they can throw money out and think people will fawn over the offer and say “Hook’em Horns!” is boarding on schizophrenic.

    (2.) A major encore problem. If a coach of Saban’s pedigree won’t come to Austin with his resume,
    what makes you think another coach who Texas recruits for the Head Coaching job isn’t going to want a MINIMUM bid of $7.5 million dollars to even consider talking to Texas. All the bold talk
    and money did not produce results. Every coach in every sport now, will merely take an overpriced offere from Texas back to their respective AD and use it as leverage.

    David Shaw, an alumnus of Stanford? The Stanford Athletic program is more prestigious and is endowed. Not coming.

    Dantonio of Michigan State? Has HIS program going the way he wants, why leave?

    Bill O’Brien of Penn State? Penn State will fight tooth and nail to keep him in Happy Valley, even if the NFL comes calling.

    Muschamp, Freeze, Mora and Malzahn? See Dantonio.

    Texas will end up overpaying for perhaps a mediocre coach simply because of pride and arrogance. See Akers, McWilliams and Mackovic.

    (3.) Texas is the fourth best team in the Big 12 and the third best team in the State of Texas. The reality is that the Big 12 is known as a regional conference with no national exposure. See the old
    SWC. The upcoming bowl season reflects that. The SEC has 10 teams playing. The B1G, ACC and PAC-12 have more than the Big 12. Bowl season is where recruits and TV execs watch what conferences are on the rise and which ones aren’t. The Big 12 is not a conference on the rise. Certain Big 12 teams like Baylor and OU warrant attention, but not the conference.

    Texas has only Texas to blame for their mess. That is why Texas has done considerably less with
    more resources and no amount of talk covers that.

    Coffee is for closers.

    RTR

  44. onlyoneleft says: Dec 14, 2013 4:08 PM

    Satan just played Bama for more money. A characterless piece.

  45. cranespy says: Dec 14, 2013 4:15 PM

    And to think some of my fellow Mountaineer fans actually thought he might one day ride his white horse back home to WV and coach the Mountaineers in his FINAL coaching job.

  46. cometkazie says: Dec 14, 2013 4:59 PM

    Amos, that is unnecessary roughness.

    Fifteen yards from the point of the foul.

    (Loved every word.)

  47. dhardy8207 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:24 AM

    ^^^^LMAO^^^Totally agree cometkazie!^^^^

    Amos is always ready for the twostep on UT fans….

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