Paul Finebaum On Nick Saban: Alabama Title Could End Era

    Paul Finebaum believes Nick Sabah could hang it up as Alabama's head coach if the Crimson Tide win the title this year.

    December 2, 2015

    If Alabama wins the national championship this season, Paul Finebaum believes Nick Saban may hang it up.


    Despite being slotted at No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, there’s a strong contingent of fans and media members who believe Alabama is the best team in the country.

    If that notion proves true this season, and the Crimson Tide win the national championship, Nick Saban will have claimed his fifth title — four with Alabama and one with LSU.

    That, according to Paul Finebaum, could be what prompts the coach to ride off into the sunset.

    “I believe if Saban wins a national title he will seriously consider doing something else besides being head coach at Alabama,” Finebaum stated on Wednesday.

    At 64 years old and having already accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish as a college football coach, what else would be left to do for Saban?

    He is losing at least one prominent member of his coaching staff in longtime defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who just accepted the head coaching position with another Southeastern Conference team: the Georgia Bulldogs.

    With the SEC East seemingly on the rise, it also appears the conference won’t be getting any easier.

    That being said, it’s hard to imagine Saban walking away when he still has quite a few years left in his tank and another incredible recruiting haul on its way to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Five titles is special — really, really special — but how many coaches need two hands for their championship rings? That sounds like something that could keep Saban around a little bit longer.

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