Nick Saban addresses his future in the wake of Bob Stoops' retirement

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Bob Stoops may be gone from Oklahoma, but that doesn't mean Nick Saban is leaving Alabama any time soon.

At a press conference on Thursday, the Crimson Tide coach, who is nine years older than Stoops, said he will keep going.


As long as I feel good, I love doing it, the 65-year-old Saban said. Ive said this before. Ive been a part of a team since I was 9 years old, and it scares me to death to figure what its going to be like when Im not a part of a team.

As long as I feel healthy and I can do it, we certainly have every intention of trying to do it. If I felt like I couldnt do it to the standard that I want to do it then I think that would be time not to do it. But I certainly dont feel like thats any time soon.

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Thoughts about retirement and leaving coaching do creep into the coach's mind, however.

I dont think that anybody can not have those thoughts, Saban said But my thought it that I want to do it as long as I feel like I can do it. I really enjoy being around the players. I really enjoy trying to create value for them and their future whether its their personal development, seeing them graduate, seeing them develop as football players and have opportunities in life.

I think we do it as well at Alabama because of the team that we have as any place, and Im really proud of that.

Saban recently signed a contract extension through 2024. He's 119-19 since taking over in Tuscaloosa.


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