Nick Saban: 'I closed the (NFL) door. The damn hinges are wore out'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 10, 2013
Alabama coach Nick Saban closed the door on taking an NFL job on Thursday. In Saban's mind, it's not the first time he's done it this week.
"I don't know how many times I have to say it," Saban said during an interview with ESPN's Mike & Mike. "You guys don't believe it. Every time I do an interview, I have to say the same thing and you all don't believe so why do I have to keep saying it. I closed the door. Now it's two days later and you're asking me to close the door again. The damn hinges are wore out."
The differences in coaching in the NFL and coaching in college aren't on the football field, Saban said.
"Both are great opportunities and tremendous challenges. It's just a little bit different," he said. "It depends on really what you want. From a football standpoint, there are challenges in both. A part of coaching to me is you try to help players develop personally. You want to help them develop them to be all they can be. You want them to be more successful in your life because they were part of your program. In the NFL, it's not really that way. It's all about people having success in their careers as football players. It's a business. It just depends on what do you enjoy the most. I kind of like seeing these guys grow and develop."
An exasperated sounded Saban also addressed the issue of how happy he was after the game.
"I have fun, but what I can't figure out about you guys is you sit here and beat me up about that," Saban said. "They are sitting there on Gameday beating me up after the game, beating me up about worrying about next season and then the next question is, 'Well, what are you going to do when you play Johnny Football and Texas A&M in the second game next year?' And they're showing the schedule. So which side of this fence do y'all want me to be on?"
Alabama will hold a team meeting later today to begin working on the 2013 season, Saban said.
"I've been happy for two days. Now it's time to move on," he said. "We were happy after the game. I am very aware of re-establishing a direction for next year's team."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org