CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t going anywhere.
Saban told reporters Saturday in Miami during media day for the BCS Championship game that he as no interest in leaving the Crimson Tide for the NFL.
“I don’t have any unfinished business in the NFL,” Saban said. “I have a job right now and I want to do the best job that I possibly can for this team, right now. … That’s not something that I’m concerned about. It’s not something I’m thinking about; it’s not even something that I want to do. I want to be a college coach.”
Saban’s name instantly popped to the forefront of the Cleveland Browns’ coaching search with his north east Ohio roots and the description of traits that owner Jimmy Haslam said he would seek in Pat Shurmur’s successor.
Saban looks to lead Alabama to back to back national titles – and the third in 4 years – Monday night against Notre Dame.
“I’m kind of excited for the opportunity that our team has,” Saban said. “It’s really about our team and this game. We’re always happy to come back to South Florida. We have some great relationships here and some very fond memories of being here. But right now, we’ve recruited and worked to develop this team for a long, long time, and it’s really a lot more about them being here … than it is anything that’s happened in my past.”
Browns running back Trent Richardson, who helped Saban and Alabama to the BCS crown a year ago, said earlier this week he doubted that Saban would leave Tuscaloosa for Cleveland.
“If he was to leave Alabama, most definitely I would love it,” Richardson said. “I would love for him to be here but I doubt if he would come to the NFL and to leave Alabama, I can’t see him leaving.”
Richardson appears to be right.
“I’m not looking for new challenges,” Saban said. “I’m just trying to take advantage of helping the challenging situation that we have and continue to be successful.”
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