Alabama’s football coach Nick Saban just shocked the nation with one major announcement

Jan 15, 2024

The tide is changing as major college football announcements roll out.

And no one expected the big news that came out of the SEC.

But Alabama’s football coach Nick Saban just shocked the nation with one major announcement.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is retiring.

One of the greatest coaching careers in history

Alabama announced Saban’s retirement late last week. 

His retirement ends a remarkable run as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.

Saban, 72, ends his coaching career with six national championships for the Crimson Tide and seven overall. 

Saban’s seven titles are the most in NCAA Division I history.

Saban said in a statement, “The University of Alabama has been a very special place to Terry and me. We have enjoyed every minute of our 17 years being the head coach at Alabama as well as becoming a part of the Tuscaloosa community. 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. The goal was always to help players create more value for their future, be the best player they could be and be more successful in life because they were part of the program. Hopefully, we have done that, and we will always consider Alabama our home.”

Saban announced his retirement after a season in which he led Alabama to the College Football Playoff, where the Crimson Tide lost to eventual national champion Michigan in the Rose Bowl. 

He led Alabama to six national championships and led SEC rival LSU to one.

Saban is ending his 50-year coaching career as one of college football’s most successful coaches. 

He got his start in college football playing defensive back at Kent State from 1970-1972 and helped lead Kent State to the 1972 MAC championship.

From college to the NFL and back

In his first head coaching job at Toledo, Saban led the Rockets to a MAC championship in 1990.

The Rockets went 9-2 in his lone season at Toledo before he moved to be the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator.

At the Browns, Saban coached under head coach Bill Belichick, who also announced his retirement from the New England Patriots last week.

After his stint with the Browns, Saban went back to college coaching when he took over the head coaching job at Michigan State in 1995. 

While there, Saban led the Spartans back to national relevance after they had suffered several losing seasons prior to him taking the helm.

He took Michigan State to three bowl games in five seasons. 

After the end of the 1999 regular season, Saban left for LSU, where he won his first national championship in 2003 after the Tigers won the BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma.

Saban left LSU for the head coaching job for the Miami Dolphins in 2005.

After two seasons coaching the Dolphins, Saban returned to college coaching to take over the head job at Alabama in 2007. 

Saban’s first season was a rocky one and the Crimson Tide went 7-6 and even lost to Louisiana Monroe at home. 

But Alabama football took off after that. 

The following year, Alabama went 12-2 with a Sugar Bowl appearance, and Saban would lead the Tide to double-digit victories in every season afterward.

Alabama reached the pinnacle of the college football world in Saban’s third season with a perfect 14-0 season which ended with a win in the BCS National Championship Game against Texas.

The Crimson Tide would go on to be a national championship contender in every following season.

Saban led Alabama to national championships in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2020. 

He finishes his time in Tuscaloosa with an amazing 201-29 record with nine SEC championships and eight College Football Playoff appearances.

During his time he coached four Heisman Trophy winners at Alabama and has also produced 44 NFL first-round draft picks.

Hot Take Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 

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