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Nick Saban Declares Retirement Following 17-Year Stint at Alabama

In the heart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the renowned Nick Saban, boasting more national championships in college football than any contemporary coach, declared his retirement on the midweek.

Expressing sentiments about his 17-year tenure as the helmsman at Alabama, Saban articulated, “The University of Alabama holds a profound place in the hearts of Terry and myself. Our journey over the past 17 years as Alabama’s head coach has been a remarkable assimilation into the Tuscaloosa community.

Nick Saban Declares Retirement Following 17-Year Stint at Alabama

It transcends mere win-loss statistics, delving into the essence of our legacy and the ethical approach we adopted. Our constant endeavor was to tread the path of righteousness. The objective was always to empower players, enhance their future value, cultivate the best version of themselves as players, and ensuring success in their broader life endeavors. We aspire to believe that we have achieved this, and Alabama will forever be our home.”

Saban’s illustrious coaching career spanned 28 years, encompassing roles at Toledo (1990), Michigan State (1995-99), LSU (2000-04), and Alabama (2007-23). Amid this journey, he claimed seven national titles, inaugurating his triumphs at LSU in 2003 and subsequently securing six championships at Alabama (2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017, and 2020). He also had a brief stint coaching the Miami Dolphins for two seasons (2005-06).

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Greg Byrne, the Director of Athletics at Alabama, lauded Saban’s legacy, stating, “In unequivocal terms, Nick Saban stands among the pantheon of the greatest coaches across all sports. The University of Alabama has been exceptionally fortunate to have him steer our football program for the past 17 seasons.

Across his coaching trajectory, his teams clinched seven national championships, 11 conference titles, and an impressive tally of 312 victories. Notably, he fostered an unmatched 49 NFL first-round draft picks, in addition to shepherding hundreds of college graduates. Coach Saban epitomizes the quintessential coach, mentor, and leader, with an impact extending far beyond the football turf.”

Saban’s teams secured three national championships during the Bowl Championship Series era and three more post the inception of the College Football Playoff. In the span of 10 CFP seasons, his Crimson Tide squads secured berths eight times.

President Stuart R. Bell of Alabama expressed gratitude, stating, “Words fall short in encapsulating our gratitude to Coach Saban for his distinguished leadership and service to The University of Alabama over the past 17 years. His unwavering commitment to excellence has become the benchmark for our program, both on the field and in academia.

We appreciate the enduring impact he has made on the lives of our student-athletes, coupled with the indelible memories his teams have woven for our students, alumni, fans, and supporters. Coach Saban and Ms. Terry emerge as extraordinary ambassadors for The University of Alabama and our community, leaving behind a legacy that we celebrate.”

Saban’s coaching dossier boasts a collegiate record of 297-71-1 (.806), including a stellar 206-29 (.877) track record in Tuscaloosa. His teams collectively secured 11 SEC titles, maintaining an immaculate 11-1 record in SEC Championship Games, with nine victories at Alabama and two at LSU. He also notched 15 wins during his tenure with the Dolphins in 2005-06.

During Saban’s six national championship seasons at Alabama, his teams exhibited a commendable 21-2 record against top-10 adversaries. Since 2008, the Crimson Tide maintained a formidable 37-15 overall record against top-10 teams. Additionally, Alabama held the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Poll for a staggering 15 consecutive years (2008-22), eclipsing the prior record set by Miami (1986-92).

Saban holds the distinction of coaching four Heisman Trophy winners, a feat shared with Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy in the annals of college football history. Uniquely, he stands as the sole coach to mentor Heisman Trophy recipients at three distinct positions (RB, WR, QB). Noteworthy is the fact that when Saban arrived at Alabama, the program had a mere six individual national award winners; however, since 2008, Crimson Tide players have amassed an impressive tally of 60 national awards.

The impact extended to the accolades of his players, with 66 All-America honors conferred upon 58 distinct individuals over the past 16 seasons. Eight players earned the distinction of being two-time All-Americans, with 46 consensus honors and 25 unanimous selections. Will Anderson Jr. carved his name in history as the first two-time unanimous All-American in Alabama’s football chronicles.

Saban’s success reverberated in the NFL realm, with a record 49 players selected in the first round of the draft, of which 44 hailed from Alabama. Over the last 16 NFL seasons, his Alabama protégés garnered over $2 billion in earnings.

Beyond the gridiron triumphs, Alabama’s academic excellence shone brightly during Saban’s 17-year reign. A total of 656 degrees were conferred since his arrival in 2007, including 103 master’s degrees.

The philanthropic arm, the Sabans Nick’s Kids Foundation, stands testament to the family’s ongoing commitment to underprivileged children. Since Nick and Terry’s arrival in Tuscaloosa, over $12 million has been disbursed to students, teachers, and children’s causes across 150 charities through the Nick’s Kids Foundation.

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