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Saban’s Retirement Is Good For College Football, But Not Like You May Think

Can Nick Saban save college football’s downward spiral into becoming the NFL Lite?

Alabama Crimson Tide football team honored at the White House
When Nick Saban talks, people listen.
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Reactions to Nick Saban’s retirement from across the country span from tears to celebrations. Obviously, fans of the Crimson Tide are the ones who are upset. As for the rivals who have fallen multiple times to the Bama coach over the last 17 years, there was a reason to celebrate. This announcement is devastating for the University of Alabama. However, this move could be a good thing for college football as a whole - and not for just because he continuously beats up on those other teams.

While it is too early to know the future of Saban and his beloved wife Miss Terry, there will not be a lack of offers. It is possible that he’ll just go to his lake house and watch the ducks s**t in the yard. However, Saban cannot sit still. He will have to be doing something. The two likeliest possibilities are as either a college football personality on ESPN or some sort of yet-to-be-created position as college football commissioner. You would have to be blind not to see that the sport is heading in the direction where it needs a commissioner. And there is no more suited person to fill that role than Nick Saban.

For almost two decades, Saban has seemingly been the conscience of college football. He’s often the one sane voice crying out in the wilderness over the insane direction that the sport has traveled. A few years ago, he famously lamented “is this what we want football to be?” If he lands in one of the two positions mentioned above, he can continue to ask those questions but he can also provide the answers. Too long college football has been ricocheting off the walls into every direction. The nation needs the leadership of Nick Saban to save this wonderful sport. Whether it is on ESPN or as some sort of CFB Czar, here’s to hoping that the ducks find somewhere else to poop.


Where would you like to see Saban in the near future?

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  • 9%
    ESPN personality
    (132 votes)
  • 54%
    CFB Commish
    (777 votes)
  • 16%
    Retiring to the back lawn
    (236 votes)
  • 17%
    U of A Administration role
    (245 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (see my brilliant plan in Comments)
    (30 votes)
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