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Friday, July 19, 2019

Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier had funny exchange about retirement

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It’s hard to imagine college football without Nick Saban, but questions about how much longer the 66-year-old plans to coach are understandable. Based on what he recently told Steve Spurrier, Saban is not planning on giving it up any time soon.

Spurrier told ESPN’s Chris Low this week that he spoke with Saban about retirement when Spurrier called it a career following the 2015 season. That led to a great exchange that gave Spurrier the impression Saban will be coaching for many more years.

“Nick ain’t thinking about retiring, not even close,” Spurrier said. “He can go into his 70s easy, and I think he will.

“I told him he won’t retire until he loses three games in a season. He told me, ‘If I ever lose three games around here again, they might kill me.’ I think he was joking, but I’m not sure.”

Saban has been the head coach at Alabama since 2007, and he has not lost three games in a season since 2010. The expectations he has created in Tuscaloosa are national championship or bust every year, and he continues to live up to them.

Spurrier’s last prediction about a college football coach turned out to be accurate, so there’s no reason to doubt him. And with Saban coming off yet another championship season, there’s no reason to doubt him, either.



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