In his first public comments since winning the first national championship of his 13-year college coaching career, Nick Saban told the Florida newspaper that any speculation that he is set to join the Chicago Bears was “ridiculous.”
But as anyone who has followed the coach since his last College Football Hall of Fame football career as a player at Alabama knows, Alabama football has a way of drawing Saban back into the conversation whenever that conversation sours.
Would that happen this weekend? It’s hard to say for sure, if Alabama plays Georgia on Saturday.
In recent years, and in some cases even just weeks before games, the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide coach has proven surprisingly adept at equivocating about speculation about whether he would leave his Alabama duties.
In late March, with the Tide preparing to play in the SEC championship game and before the Crimson Tide began spring practice, Saban used a bit of strong language to send a message to the media about the focus on his job security and the ongoing succession issue.
“Our job is to prepare for the Georgia Bulldogs,” he said. “Our job is to focus on preparing to win the game. I know my job and no one else’s.”
Last week, in a coincidence that was both dumbfounding and amusing, Saban was asked about the inevitable next question: What would it mean to have the Bears pursue him as a head coach if he were to leave Alabama?