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Nick Saban is reportedly retiring after 17 years as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The 72-year-old has won six national titles since taking over back in 2007. 

But Alabama was beaten in the Rose Bowl by Michigan earlier this month and now, according to ESPN , Saban has decided to retire in absolutely seismic move.

Alabama has yet to confirm the decision. 

Saban is the highest-paid college football coach ever and had signed a new deal with Alabama in 2022 worth $93.6 million over eight seasons.

Oregon’s Dan Lanning is expected to be Alabama’s top target to replace Saban, according to the Action Network.

Alabama coach Nick Saban ‘RETIRES after incredible 17-year tenure in charge of the Crimson Tide’ which saw 72-year-old win SIX national titles

Nick Saban is reportedly retiring from Alabama in a seismic shock to college football

Saban won six national championships at the school and also claimed 11 SEC crowns

Saban won six national championships at the school and also claimed 11 SEC crowns

His reported decision to retire comes after Alabama lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl

His reported decision to retire comes after Alabama lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl

ESPN’s Chris Low told the Paul Finebaum Show that on Wednesday that Saban was never going to give himself a ‘victory tour’ and announce his retirement before a final season. 

Nonetheless, he has plenty to celebrate after a college coaching career with 297 wins (and an 80.6 winning percentage) to his name.

Saban’s first head coaching job was with Toledo in 1990, before he served as the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator from 1991-94.

He then returned to the college ranks as Michigan State’s head coach in 1995 before taking the same role at LSU beginning with the 2000 season.

He certainly made his impact in his five seasons in Louisiana as he won his first national championship in 2003.

Saban later had an unsuccessful stint as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach, going 15-17 over two seasons before he returned to the college ranks once again with Alabama in 2007.

It took him just three seasons to capture his first national title there in 2009, as his teams would go on to win three of the next four championships including that year.

Saban spent five seasons at LSU and led the school to a national championship in 2003

Saban spent five seasons at LSU and led the school to a national championship in 2003

He then coached the Dolphins for two seasons but only amassed a 15-17 record there

He then coached the Dolphins for two seasons but only amassed a 15-17 record there 

Saban, then the head coach at Michigan State, is seen shaking hands with Penn State's Joe Paterno

Saban, then the head coach at Michigan State, is seen shaking hands with Penn State’s Joe Paterno

He would go on to capture three more national titles in 2015, 2017 and 2020, while also losing in the national championship three times total.

Saban won 11 SEC titles in his 17 seasons with Alabama. 

However, his influence was (and still is) felt in the NFL as well, as he helped produce 44 first-round picks while at Alabama, per ESPN.

Stars to have played under Saban include Jalen Hurts, Josh Jacobs, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry, Tua Tagovailoa and many more.

The news came as a shock to Colorado coach Deion Sanders, who said on X, ‘WOW! College Football just lost the GOAT to retirement. WOW! I knew it would happen 1 day soon but not this soon. The game has change so much that it chased the GOAT away. College football let’s hold up our mirrors and say HONESTLY what u see.’





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