Alabama football coach Nick Saban is retiring after 17 seasons with the Crimson Tide, according to CBS Sports. Saban, who has won seven national titles in his coaching career, announced his retirement to Alabama on Wednesday, as confirmed by sources. Saban and Alabama officially confirmed his retirement on Wednesday night.
In a statement released by the university, Saban expressed his gratitude towards the University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa community.
He emphasized that their success was not just measured by the number of games won or lost but by the legacy they built and the values they upheld. Saban’s goal was always to help players create more value for their future, both on and off the field.
Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne acknowledged Saban as one of the greatest coaches of all time, in any sport. He expressed the university’s fortune in having Saban lead their football program for the past 17 seasons.
Byrne stated that although Saban’s time as the coach may have come to an end, his legacy will endure forever.
The Crimson Tide’s journey in the 2023 College Football Playoff ended with a heartbreaking 27-20 overtime loss to the eventual national champion Michigan Wolverines in the semifinal game.
Saban’s seven national titles make him the winningest college football coach in terms of championships. He shares the record for most titles in Alabama history with legendary coach Bear Bryant, both having won six.
Alabama President Stuart R. Bell expressed his deep appreciation for Saban’s leadership and service to the university over the past 17 years. Bell credited Saban’s commitment to excellence, which set the standard for the football program on and off the field.
He acknowledged the lasting impact Saban made on the lives of student-athletes and the cherished memories created for students, alumni, fans, and supporters.
Before his tenure at Alabama, Saban coached at various levels, including the NFL and other college teams. He won his first national title in 2003 with Louisiana State University, where he served as head coach from 2000-2004. Saban then moved on to coach the Miami Dolphins in the NFL for two seasons before joining Alabama.
During his time at Alabama, Saban transformed the program into a football powerhouse. He led the Crimson Tide to national titles in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2020. Saban also secured nine SEC titles and coached four Heisman Trophy winners.
Reflecting on the past season, Saban expressed pride in the accomplishments of the team, despite their semifinal loss. He acknowledged the resilience and growth of the players and highlighted the importance of learning from failures.
As Nick Saban retires from his position as Alabama football coach, his impact and legacy will forever be remembered. His dedication to excellence, both on and off the field, has solidified his status as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.
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