Nick Saban, one of the greatest coaches in football history, is calling it a career.
On Wednesday, news broke that Saban was stepping down as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide and retiring.
ESPN’s Chris Low broke the news first. This comes after Saban and the Tide were recently knocked out of the College Football Playoff by Michigan in overtime.
Saban just informed his team that he’s retiring.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 10, 2024
The former Kent State defensive back ends his illustrious career with 292 college wins, seven national championships, 11 SEC Championships, and multiple National Coach of the Year awards. He claimed national championships at both LSU and Alabama, the most recent coming in the 2020 season.
There’s no questioning that Saban is the most successful coach college football has ever seen, and his departure leaves an enormous void that could cause a January coaching carousel, assuming Alabama tries to land a championship-level replacement from another school (Brett McMurphy says to watch out for Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning).
Best of luck to Coach Saban as he heads off into the sunset.