When Nick Saban finally hangs it up as Alabama football coach, there will be a lot of pressure on two people: the coach that replaces him, and the athletic director in charge of finding someone who can carry on the success that the Crimson Tide saw under Saban.
For now, that athletic director is Greg Byrne, who is more than happy that finding a replacement for arguably the greatest college football coach is not in the near future.
“I’m glad it is something we don’t have to worry about anytime soon,” Byrne said on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP in Mobile, Ala. “Someday down the road, obviously, all of us our time comes to an end. I hope that is many years from now.”
Saban, who is 65 years old, signed a contract extension earlier this month that will keep him in Tuscaloosa through 2024.
“Obviously with the new agreement with Coach Saban, that sends a strong message he’s going to be finishing his career here at Alabama,” Byrne said.
Byrne accepted his position as the head of the Alabama athletic department in January, and he has already seen the impact Saban has had not only on the football field, but the entire university.
“The energy and enthusiasm he has brought to our university over the last 10 years — and will continue for many years to come — we’re very glad and fortunate he is our coach,” Byrne said. “I’m looking forward to working with him and our football program however we can.”