Nick Saban cited his age and health concerns when announcing his retirement to the Alabama players today, according to this collab from Mike Rodak, John Talty and Matt Zenitz:
The 72-year old didn’t mention any specific health issues, according to sources, and kept his speech to the team short and direct. His retirement decision caught many inside the building by surprise because he was working until the moment he told the team he was retiring.
Earlier in the day, Saban interviewed candidates for his vacant wide receivers coach opening, according to sources, and didn’t give any indication he was about to flip the college football world upside down. He told some staff members of a 4 p.m. team meeting but did not tell them ahead of time that he was going to retire with multiple indicating surprise at his decision.
We’ve heard rumblings that I’m not going to repeat without more credible confirmation, but needless to say, we are all hopeful that nothing too serious is going on.
Notably, it also states in that report that Alabama players were told that the new coach should be announced within 72 hours. in this transfer portal era, there is no time to waste.
We’ll report more as we get it.