Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban successfully led his team to their third national championship in four years after a shellacking of Notre Dame in Miami on Monday night. The win was as impressive as you can get, but it led to yet another series of NFL questions for Saban.
With all that he has accomplished at the college level, is it time to give the pros another shot?
“How many times do you think I’ve been asked this question?” Saban said, according to the Birmingham News. “How many times do you think I’ve been asked to put it to rest? And I’ve put it to rest and you continue to [ask] it. . . . I kind of learned through that experience [with the Miami Dolphins] that maybe this is where I belong. I’m really happy and at peace with all of that. No matter how many times I say that, you all don’t believe it.”
The former Dolphins coach has made it clear on numerous occasions that he has no interest in returning to the NFL, but following a dominant win like the Crimson Tide had on Monday night, you have to wonder what is left at the college level. It seems like Saban may not have much to gain, but he has the chance to build upon his legacy and become the greatest college football coach in history.
While Saban remains adamant about his devotion to Alabama, you can see his passion for the program building.
Saban also showed a rare sense of humor during the press conference. When Saban was asked what he does with his championship rings, he smiled and calmly replied, “I just put them on the coffee table for the recruits to see.”
If the way the Crimson Tide finished off this season is any indication, he will be adding to that collection of rings on the table in the near future.