The New York Giants named Ben McAdoo their head coach on Jan. 14.
But just hours prior the announcement was made, comedian Tom Arnold somehow knows and relayed to Paul Finebaum on Friday, Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed interest in the job.
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Arnold told Finebaum that he’s buddies with Giants chairman Steve Tisch, who also made his name in Hollywood.
“They got his deal done with [Ben McAdoo] and they are ready to sign him and they get a call from Bob Ehrman who says Nick Saban wants the job,” Arnold told Finebaum. “So they had to stop. This is a Saturday night. They said you have until Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to say definite yes. Tell us what he needs for money. ‘Well, he needs $10 million to start with and this is the deal. He has to get it approved by his wife right.’ Well he has to get it approve by his wife right this second because we have a coach on the string here. But if he wants to do it it has to be right this second. So he had until Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and it didn’t work out. But it was close.”
As the most successful college coach, certainly now, arguably ever, there’s continual speculation about when or if Saban will return to the NFL. The Giants job, complete with former LSU receiver and two-time Pro-Bowler Odell Beckham Jr. leading a throng of talent rarely available at an open NFL gig, seemed to be one of the more attractive openings in recent memory. It would be hard to blame Saban for considering the job, if he were to ever depart Alabama for a second tenure in the pros.
The first one didn’t go so well. Saban ditched Beckham’s alma mater after the 2004 season for what amounted to a two-year run with the Miami Dolphins. Saban led the Dolphins to a 15-17 record during his only time helming an NFL team. His only other NFL experience came as the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator from 1991-94 before he left for a 10-year run in the college ranks, split between Michigan State and LSU.
Saban told CBS broadcaster Verne Lundquist last week that the instant he landed in Miami, he already missed college football. It was a far cry from what he remembered in his previous stint with Bill Belichick in Cleveland. But because of his success with Alabama, the speculation of Saban making the jump once more will never end, no matter how many times he denies having interest.