Alabama’s iconic head coach Saban retires

Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama, is retiring after a career which saw him win a record seven national titles. (Harry How)

Nick Saban, the record-breaking coach of Alabama’s storied college football team, announced on Wednesday that he is retiring.

Saban, 72, has won an unmatched seven national titles during his career with six of them coming during a dynastic reign with The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide.

This season, Saban’s 17th in charge of the team, ended with defeat in the College Football Playoff Semifinal to eventual champions Michigan.

“The University of Alabama has been a very special place to (my wife) Terry and me,” Saban said in a statement on the team’s website.

“We have enjoyed every minute of our 17 years being the head coach at Alabama as well as becoming a part of the Tuscaloosa community. It is not just about how many games we won and lost, but it’s about the legacy and how we went about it.

“We always tried to do it the right way. The goal was always to help players create more value for their future, be the best player they could be and be more successful in life because they were part of the program. Hopefully, we have done that, and we will always consider Alabama our home,” he said.

Saban spent most of his career in the college game although he had two, mostly disappointing seasons as head coach of the Miami Dolphins before joining Alabama.

Saban had made his name Michigan State before taking charge of Louisiana State University, winning the national title in 2003.

But it is his time with Alabama that he will be best remembered for, as he led the program to winning seasons in every season since 2008 and helped produce four Heisman Trophy winners.

Known as a fiery competitor and a strict disciplinarian, Saban’s animated approach on the sideline allied to the results gained made him a hero for…


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