HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Saban turned reflective about his coaching career and the opportunity that was presented to him at Alabama.
Speaking at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, the Alabama coach was asked why he was able to achieve longevity with the Crimson Tide. Saban will enter his 11th season at Alabama this fall, and he owns an impressive four national titles during his time in Tuscaloosa.
“Win,” Saban said before continuing after a pause.
“Well, I think we all go through transitions and learn about ourselves as we go through the years. And I think there was a lot of timing and circumstance involved with me coming to Alabama. I loved LSU. I loved Louisiana. I loved the people in Louisiana. But it was always in my mind that I was going to be a head coach in the NFL, and I did that. I learned a lot about myself and felt very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to go back to an SEC school that had a chance to be successful and with an administration that made the kind of commitment to do the things to help players be successful.”
Clearly, things worked out well for Alabama after Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa following his short stint with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06. The Crimson Tide has won three consecutive SEC titles, and the program is considered the class of the SEC. It’s hard to imagine where Alabama would be if Saban never arrived after he left Miami.
With Bob Stoops’ recent retirement at Oklahoma, it will be interesting to see how long Saban, who’s 65 years old, chooses to continue being on a sideline. The Crimson Tide is loaded again this fall after finishing 14-1 last year. Alabama appears primed to threaten for another national championship and deepen Saban’s already rich legacy.