If this prediction by Georgia coach Kirby Smart is correct, then a lot of SEC teams could be in trouble.
During the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., on Tuesday, Smart talked about Alabama coach Nick Saban, who he faced in the National Championship Game in January. And according to 247Sports’ Charlie Potter, Smart said that he tells others that he feels Saban “may coach forever.”
“I think Nick’s in great health,” Smart said, according to Potter. “I played pickup basketball with him for 20 years, it felt like. He takes care of himself. He plays a lot of golf. He’s very healthy. When people ask me that question, I think he’s going to coach as long as he wants to because he’s competitive, he doesn’t want to do anything else and he’s good at what he does.
“If a kid asks me that, I’m like, ‘He may coach forever because he may outlive me the way he takes care of his body.’ ”
Saban has had tremendous success during his Alabama career. He has a 127-20 record over 11 seasons leading the Crimson Tide, which has included five national championships. He has won two national titles in the College Football Playoff era — the 2015 and 2017 seasons.
Even though Saban may not retire soon, he already has an incredible list of accolades — 218 career wins, 13 bowl victories, six national championships (the other with LSU in 2003), seven SEC championships and four SEC Coach of the Year awards.