FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WHNT) – Alabama head coach Nick Saban took a variety of questions Tuesday morning as he discussed his team’s BCS Championship win over Notre Dame.
Reporters asked him about various players, recruiting, his championship rings, and then, another question popped up – the one he’d like to go away.
Is Saban interested in going back to the NFL? Were teams calling him today?
“How many times do you think I’ve been asked this question? And I’ve put it to rest. And you continue to ask it. So I’ll put it to rest again,” Saban said. “I think somewhere along the line you have to choose. You learn from the experiences of the past.”
Saban coached the Miami Dolphins in 2004 and 2005 before coming to Alabama. He expressed frustration with the draft, salary caps, players and other hurdles.
“I didn’t feel like I could impact the team the same way I can as a college coach,” Saban continued. “In terms of affecting people’s life, personally, helping develop them off the field in careers, helping them develop as football players, and there’s a lot of self-gratification in that. I kind of learned through that experience that this is where I belong.
So, I’m really happy, and at peace with all that.”
“So, no matter how many times I say that, ya’ll don’t believe it, so I don’t know why I keep talking about it,” Saban added.