Nick Saban announces his retirement from Alabama after 17 seasons

Nick Saban announces retirement from Alabama after 17 seasons
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban of Alabama, the most successful college football coach of the modern era, declared his retirement on Wednesday.

“The University of Alabama has been a very special place to Terry and me,” Saban stated. “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 greatest player possible, helping players generate more value for their future, and helping them succeed in life as a result of being a part of the programme was always the aim. We hope to have accomplished that, and Alabama will always be our home.”

After serving as the head coach at Toledo in 1990, Saban moved on to Michigan State in 1995–1999, LSU in 2000–04, and Alabama in 2007–23. In those 28 years, he won seven national championships. He earned his first in 2003 while attending LSU, and then he won six more at Alabama (2009, 2011–12, 2015, 2017 and 2020). In addition, he spent two seasons as the Miami Dolphins’ coach (2005–06).

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“Simply put, 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 programme for the past 17 seasons,” Greg Byrne, Alabama’s Director of Athletics, said

“During his tenure as head coach, his teams have won 312 games, 11 conference titles, seven national titles, an NCAA record 49 first-round draft selections, and, most significantly, hundreds of college graduates. He is the epitome of a leader, mentor, and coach, and his influence extends well beyond the football field.

“The work that Coach Saban and Ms. Terry have done through the Nick’s Kids Foundation has touched countless lives in our community and throughout the state of Alabama. Even if his tenure as our coach is over, his influence will never fade. 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.”

Three national titles were won by Saban’s teams during the Bowl Championship Series era, and three more were won with the introduction of the College Football Playoffs. Saban’s Crimson Tide teams qualified eight times in ten CFP seasons.

“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,” stated Stuart R. Bell, president of Alabama. His dedication to quality has established the bar for our programme 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, supporters, and fans.

“Coach Saban and Ms. Terry are tremendous ambassadors for The University of Alabama and our community and we celebrate their many contributions and indelible legacy.”

At his collegiate coaching career, Saban had a 297-71-1 (.806) record, which included a 206-29 (.877) record at Tuscaloosa. With a 9-1 record at Alabama and a 2-0 record at LSU in the SEC Championship Game, his teams won a total of 11 SEC titles. In 2005–06, he won 15 games while playing for the Dolphins.

The Crimson Tide has an overall record of 37-15 versus top-10 teams since 2008. During Saban’s six national title seasons at Alabama, his teams have gone 21-2 against opponents ranked in the top 10.

In the Associated Press Poll, Alabama held the top spot for at least one week for 15 consecutive years (2008–22), surpassing the record of seven set by Miami (1986–92).

In college football history, Saban and Frank Leahy of Notre Dame are the only coaches with four Heisman Trophy winners between them. Only he has ever coached Heisman Trophy winners at quarterback, wide receiver, and running back. When Nick Saban started at Alabama, the programme had only six individual national award winners; however, since 2008, Crimson Tide athletes have won 60 honours.

Over the previous 16 seasons, his players at Alabama have been named All-America by 58 different people. There have been 25 unanimous picks, 46 consensus honours, and eight two-time All-Americans. In Alabama’s history, Will Anderson Jr. became the first person to be named a unanimous All-American twice.

NFL players have benefited from Saban’s success as well; a record 49 players were selected in the first round of the draft (44 at Alabama). nearly the previous 16 NFL seasons, his Alabama players have received nearly $2 billion in compensation.

For the previous 17 seasons, Alabama’s on-field accomplishments have aligned with the Tide’s academic achievements. Alabama football has earned 656 degrees overall since Saban took over in 2007, with 103 master’s degrees among them.

The Sabans Nick’s Kids Foundation is a dynamic illustration of the family’s ongoing commitment to helping underprivileged kids. Through the Nick’s Kids Foundation, more than $12 million has been given to teachers, kids, and children’s causes at more than 150 nonprofits since Nick and Terry moved to Tuscaloosa.