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Seven-Time National Champion Head Coach Nick Saban Is Retiring

It’s the end of an era in Tuscaloosa and in college football.

Head coach Nick Saban is retiring, sources told Fox Sports.

Saban won six national championships with Alabama and one with LSU. His seven titles are the most by any coach in college football history.

This year’s Crimson Tide went 12-2 after making the College Football Playoff with an upset victory over top-ranked Georgia in the SEC championship. Bama earned the No. 4 seed in the CFP but lost to No. 1 Michigan, the eventual national champion, in the Rose Bowl New Year’s Day.

Saban, 72, had coached Bama since 2007.

Saban’s first head coaching gig came in 1990, when he manned Toledo for a season. He then spent four years as the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator before coaching Michigan State, from 1995 to 1999, and then LSU, from 2000 to 2004.

Before joining Alabama, Saban coached the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006. That was his last job in the NFL.

Before Toledo, he had defensive coaching stints at Kent State, Syracuse, West Virginia, Ohio State, Navy, Michigan State and the Houston Oilers. Saban played at Kent State as a defensive back.

Saban boasts an all-time record of 292-71-1 at the college level, including a 19-12 record in bowl games and a 9-5 record in the College Football Playoff. At Bama, he went 206-29.

Nine of Saban’s 11 SEC titles came with the Crimson Tide.

His 292 wins are the fifth-most in Division I history.

  • jericho says:

    Thanks for the memories Coach.

  • outdoor gal says:

    Bye bye, Saban! You will always be known as a traitor to LSU. You made a promise and you broke it.

  • Karma says:

    I wasn’t an Alabama fan but Saban was a professional. Enjoy your retirement Coach.

  • Frank says:

    Nick and Bill…together at last…hello NFL



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