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Nick Saban: ‘I Sure Intend to Be Here Coaching’ At End of New Alabama Contract

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Alabama football head coach Nick Saban’s contract runs through February 2030 following the school’s Board of Trustees Compensation Committee decided to a one-year extension and raise this week.

Saban will undoubtedly be 78 yrs . old when that contract runs out, but he clarified he plans on coaching through the whole deal in a conversation with ESPN’s Chris Low.

“When asked if he’d ‘still be here’ through the entire remainder of his contract extension, Saban had a ready answer,” Low wrote.

“Still alive?” Saban joked in reply. “I sure intend to be here coaching.”

Saban will turn 71 yrs . old in October, and he noted he still feels good while recognizing the necessity to adapt.

“To begin with, I feel such as a son, aight? So let’s clear that up,” Saban said while laughing.

“The 71 … is really a number, only a number, and I still feel just like they don’t really make ’em like they used to, nevertheless, you need to be flexible. I believe that’s probably the most considerations about competitive sports. You understand, the overall game has changed. The 3-point shot changed basketball. Which means you either change with it or you fall behind.

“The no-huddle changed football, RPOs [run-pass-option plays] changed football. Unless you type of study the overall game and know the impact of the things and utilize them in your favor, you are going to just completely get bypassed by way of a large amount of folks.”

Saban is currently on an eight-year, $93.6 million deal which makes him the highest-paid coach in college football, as measured by annual salary. It is a well-deserved contract for a coach who has won six national championships for Alabama since his arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2007.

It isn’t uncommon for coaches to remain aboard well to their 70s, plus some have even reached their 80s. Of note, Eddie G. Robinson was 78 yrs . old when he left Grambling, and Frank Solich departed Ohio at 76. Bobby Bowden left Florida State at age 80.

Saban’s Crimson Tide continuously dominate the very best of the rankings, also it doesn’t appear that the dynasty will end anytime soon.

Alabama includes a couple of Heisman Trophy candidates in quarterback Bryce Young (last year’s winner) and edge-rusher Will Anderson Jr., who lead a team ranked No. 1 atop the preseason polls.

Saban will start his 17th season at Alabama (and 28th as a college football head coach) on Sat., Sept. 3, against Utah State.

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