Alabama coach Nick Saban says he’s not going anywhere, even if his 65th birthday is on the horizon, but he says other coaches are trying to lead recruits to believe retirement is on the way.
Saban will turn 65 in October, but told Chris Low of ESPN that he’s “not looking to get out” and plans to continue to coach “as long as (he) feels he can be effective” doing it. Still, other coaches are using the fact that he’s now the SEC’s oldest coach against him on the recruiting trail.
“It’s the first time people are starting to say to recruits, ‘He won’t be there the whole time you’re there,’ because of my age,” Saban told Low. “Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don’t know. But if it did, it would make you say, ‘Well, what’s up with this?’ My philosophy is that I’m going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program.”
Saban became the oldest coach in the conference in October, when South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier resigned at age 70. In 2014, Spurrier told The State of Columbia, S.C., that he would coach “two or three more” years, but immediately backed off the statement after reports that other coaches were using his impending retirement against him in recruiting.
In nine seasons at Alabama, Saban has tallied a 100-18 record and won four national championships.