Nick Saban is the G.O.A.T.
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban, head football coach at Alabama and one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports, has agreed to a contract extension to have him remain in Tuscaloosa through the 2028 season. The extension adds three years to his current contract, which will now not expire until Saban is 77 years old, but what does his extension mean for the future of college football?

Well, in all likelihood, it means more of Alabama dominating college football. While nobody in their right minds truly thought Saban was going to finish his career elsewhere, many thought or even hoped that Saban would walk away once his contract expired in 2026.

“Terry and I are pleased to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career. Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it’s a place where our roots now run deep. This agreement gives us the chance to continue to impact the lives of the young men and their families who choose to play football and get an education at Alabama,” Saban said in a statement following the release of the news.

Saban, who will turn 70 in October, is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. With one of his greatest teams ever in 2020, Saban led the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 perfect season against an All-SEC schedule en route to his seventh national championship as a head coach.

Alabama is also set for some high-profile matchups throughout the decade with Saban at the helm. The biggest of these matchups will be at Ohio State in Columbus in 2027 before the Buckeyes come to Tuscaloosa in 2028. The Crimson Tide will also take on Notre Dame in South Bend in 2028 before hosting them in 2029, but it remains to be seen if Saban is still coaching by 2029.

Alabama also has matchups scheduled with Wisconsin, Florida State, and Saban’s home-state university in West Virginia over the next half-decade or so.

At the end of the day, is anyone really surprised that Saban will coach at least into his late 70s? Saban relentlessly pursues perfection year after year, and unfortunately for the rest of the college football world, he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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