Nick Saban, widely regarded as one of the greatest college football head coaches of all time, is retiring as Alabama head coach. Check it out
Alabama coach Nick Saban retiring after winning 7 national titles.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is planning to retire according to reporting by Chris Low of ESPN.
He retires from coaching with a college record of 292-71-1 with 201 of those victories coming at the University of Alabama.
The 72-year old coach was known as a prolific recruiter, having gone 16 consecutive seasons with a top-five recruiting class according to 247Sports.
Saban produced 44 NFL first round draft picks during his tenure at the Capstone after no players were drafted at all from the program he initially took over in 2007.
Saban was hired by the University of Alabama in 2007 and has led the Crimson Tide program to six national championships (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2020) and 11 Southeastern Conference title. He oversaw the program’s first four Heisman Trophy winners in Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry, DeVonta Smith and Bryce Young.
Saban, who won seven national championships — more than any other major college football coach — and turned Alabama back into a national powerhouse that shattered an Associated Press poll record for most consecutive seasons at No. 1, announced his retirement Wednesday.
“The University of Alabama has been a very special place to Terry and me,” Saban said in a statement. “It is not just about how many games we won and lost, but it’s about the legacy and how we went about it. We always tried to do it the right way.”
For a time, he was the sport’s overlord and there was little that could be done to stop him.
Saban won six of his titles during his 17 seasons at Alabama. He won his first with LSU in 2003. His Tide teams were ranked No. 1 in the AP poll in a remarkable 15 straight seasons, breaking the old record of seven held by Miami.
Saban’s wife, Terry, posted about their “incredible run” at Alabama on the Facebook page for Nick’s Kids Foundation.
“We hope that the Saban legacy will be about helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives as well as the winning tradition on the field,” Terry Saban wrote.
Saban’s retirement ends a career that has helped launch or relaunch the head coaching careers of Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Texas’ Steve Sarkisian and Mississippi’s Lane Kiffin.
Saban was hired by Michigan State to pull the football program out of one of its darkest stretches in program history. The Spartans did not have a winning season in four consecutive years and were sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations under the previous coach. During five seasons with Michigan State, Saban led the Spartans to four bowl appearances but did not win one from the sideline.
During the 1999 season, Michigan State rose as high as No. 5 in the AP Poll and finished the season with a 10-2 record which included a win over Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
Saban did not coach in the bowl game after accepting a job with LSU following the regular season. He compiled a 34-24 record in five seasons, never having a losing season.