Atlanta—Nick Saban, who turns 67 years old on Oct. 31, has this message for those who are hoping this will FINALLY be the year he’ll start easing into retirement:
Not a chance.
Saban, who won his sixth national championship here a little over six months ago, opened his appearance at SEC Media Days by fielding the second-most asked question surrounding Alabama football.
The No. 1 question about Alabama has remained the same since freshman Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to beat Georgia in the CFP national championship game on January 8: Who’s going to start at quarterback—Tagovailoa or rising junior Jalen Hurts?
Saban made it clear from the outset that no decision has been on the quarterback position nor will there be before Alabama starts practice on Aug. 3.
“One guy is going to have to win the team,” said Saban. “It is still to be determined.”
The second most-asked question about Alabama football is bluntly put: How much longer will he coach?