Nick Saban: 'Maybe this is where I belong'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday January 08, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 8, 2013

Nick Saban swears he appreciates the media.

But when they asked the same question at every press conference, Saban understandably gets upset.

At a Tuesday morning press conference, the Alabama coach was asked about putting NFL rumors to rest, and Saban again tried to do it one final time.

"How many times do you think I've been asked this question?" Saban said. "How many times do you think I've been asked to put it to rest? And I've put it to rest, and you continue to ask it. I'm going to say it today that I think somewhere along the line, you've got to choose, if you learn a lot from the experiences of what you've done in the past.

"I came to the Miami Dolphins eight years ago for the best owner, best person that I've ever had the opportunity to work for. In the two years that I was here, I had a very difficult time thinking that I could impact the organization in the way that I wanted to or the way I was able to in college.

"It was very difficult for me, because there's a lot of parity in the NFL, there are a lot of rules in the NFL. People say you can draft the players you want to draft. You can draft the player that's there when you pick. It might not be the player you need, it might not be the player you want. You've got salary cap issues, you've got to have a quarterback. We had a chance to get one here and sort of messed it up.

"I didn't feel I could impact the team the same way that I can as a college coach, in terms of affecting people's life personally, helping them develop careers by graduating from school, by helping them develop as football players. There's a lot of self-gratification in all that. So I learned through that experience that maybe this where I belong, and I'm really happy and at peace with all that. So, no matter how many times I say that, y'all don't believe me. So I don't know why I keep talking about it."

Below is Saban's press conference from Monday night.



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