Alabama Coach Nick Saban Opens Up About Retiring

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Nick Saban at The Masters golf tournament in 2022.

Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban isn’t ready to spend his days on the golf course. The 70-year-old opened up about whether he plans on retiring anytime soon during an interview on August 12 on The Dan Patrick Show.

“I don’t really think about retiring. I always think about what the heck am I going to do if I do retire. That’s the scary thought,” Saban told Patrick. “I don’t know if that’s hard for people to understand. There’s nothing that I want to do, like some people want to go to Europe or go to Scotland to play golf, and all that. I wouldn’t mind doing all that stuff, but I don’t have to quit my job to do it.”

Saban added, “I worry about, ‘What am I going to do if I don’t do this?’ I don’t mean play golf or whatever. How are you going to get any positive self-gratification and feeling of accomplishment when you’ve done something so long that you like so much and then all of a sudden it’s not there.”

Saban has often shot down speculation about when he might retire. In July, he told the SEC Network during the conference’s media day, “I love my job. I love the relationships with the players. I love the competition, I love the preparation for the games and I just love it, you know?

The Alabama football coach added, “I wish you all would ask all the other coaches that come up here, because they tell all the recruits I’m going to retire. Why don’t you ask them how they know I’m going to retire? When all I think about is what am I going to do if I retire? Because I love what I’m doing now so how am I going to be happy not doing it?”

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