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Nick Saban retiring as Alabama football coach
After 17 seasons as the Crimson Tide’s football coach, Nick Saban is retiring, according to CBS Sports.

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In his seven years as a coach, Saban has won seven national titles; the most recent being in 2020.

ESPN was the first to report about Saban’s retirement. Later, sources told Matt Zenitz of 247sports that Saban told Alabama of his choice on Wednesday. On Wednesday night, Saban and Alabama both announced his retirement.

“For Terry and me, the University of Alabama has been a very special place,” Saban stated in a statement issued by the school. “We have cherished every second of our 17 years as Alabama’s head coaches and our integration into the Tuscaloosa community. It matters more than simply how many games we win and lose; it matters more about our legacy and method of operation.

We always made an effort to do things correctly. Being the best player possible, helping players produce more value for their future, and helping them succeed in life as a result of being a part of the program was always the aim. We hope to have accomplished that, and Alabama will always be our home.”

“To put it simply, Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches of all time, in any sport, and The University of Alabama is fortunate to have had him leading our football program for the past 17 seasons,” said Greg Byrne, the athletic director of Alabama, in a statement.

“While his time as our coach may have come to an end, his legacy will live on forever,” stated Byrne. What a privilege it has been for us to watch one of the greatest to ever do it up close. Coach Saban’s career has been absolutely amazing.”

The eventual national champion Michigan Wolverines defeated the Crimson Tide 27–20 in overtime in the semifinal game, ensuring the Crimson Tide’s elimination from the 2023 College Football Playoff.

The most national titles ever won by a college football coach are held by Saban’s seven. With six championships, he is also tied with the late great Alabama coach Bear Bryant for the most in Crimson Tide history.

On December 2, 2023, in Atlanta, during the third quarter of the SEC Championship game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, head coach Nick Saban of the former team is shown.

Alabama President Stuart R. Bell said in a statement, “Words cannot adequately express our appreciation to Coach Saban for his exemplary leadership and service to The University of Alabama over the past 17 years.”

His dedication to quality has established the bar for our program in the classroom and on the field. We are appreciative of his enduring influence on our student-athletes’ lives as well as the amazing experiences his teams have produced for our students, alumni, friends, and fans.”

Following stints as a college coach and in the NFL, Saban’s first championship was earned in 2003 while serving as head coach at Louisiana State University, where he was employed from 2000 to 2004. Saban left LSU to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL after the 2004 season, which finished with a 9-3 record and a 30-25 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Capital One Bowl.

In his brief tenure as head coach of the Dolphins, Saban went 9-7 in 2005 but could only muster six victories in 2006, missing the postseason in both instances. After the 2006 season, Saban departed from the Dolphins to take a position as head football coach at Alabama, a team that hadn’t won a national championship since 1992.

Saban developed the Crimson Tide into a football powerhouse during his 17 years as head coach, capturing the national championship in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2020. At Alabama, he also won nine SEC championships and four Heisman Trophy winners under his tutelage.

“This is one of the most amazing seasons in Alabama football history in terms of where this team came from, what they were able to accomplish and what they did, winning the SEC Championship, and really, really proud of this group,” the 72-year-old coach said after the Crimson Tide’s semifinal loss this past season, according to The Associated Press. “I just wish that I could have done more as a coach to help them be successful and help them finish, and all we can do now is learn from the lessons that sometimes failings bring to us.”

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