Nick Saban Reportedly Retires

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2023 SEC Championship - Georgia v Alabama
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 02, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Saban recently finished his 17th year at Alabama.

Nick Saban, the legendary head coach of Alabama's football dynasty, is retiring. Per a report from ESPN, Saban is hanging up his headset after 17 seasons with the Crimson Tide. Saban led Alabama to six national titles and finished the 2023 season with a Rose Bowl loss to eventual champions Michigan. Saban's coaching journey began all the way back in 1973 as a graduate assistant at Kent State. His first head coaching role was at Toledo in 1990. He would hold the same position at Michigan State, LSU, and the Miami Dolphins before coming to Alabama in 2007. He immediately turned around an ailing program, turning them into them into the powerhouse they are today.

Saban, who turned 72 last October, has previously been coy about retirement. I've always said that if you're thinking about retirement, you're probably already retired, and I'm not there yet," Saban told ESPN in November. Saban, who is yet to confirm his retirement, ends his career with a record of 292-71-1 in 28 total seasons as a college head coach. He has seven National championships, 12 conference titles, and 19 bowl game victories. Alabama are expected to remain a title contender in 2024.

Pete Carroll Out In Seattle

However, Saban is not the only veteran coach to leave his position today (January 10). Pete Carroll has stepped down as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and transitioned to another role within the organization. First reported by Adam Schefter, the news was confirmed by Seahawks owner Jody Allen. Allen said that the organization and Carroll had "amicably agreed" to end Carroll's tenure as head coach. Allen described Carroll's new role with the Seahawks as an "advisory" position.

Carroll had served as Seahawks head coach since 2010, joining the NFL after a tarnished end to his career at USC. The veteran coach, who had previous NFL experience in the late 90s, took a team that had missed the playoffs the past two seasons and turned them into a perennial contender. Schefter also reported that an early frontrunner for the now-vacant position is current Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.


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Benjamin Mock (they/them) is a sports and culture writer working out of Philadelphia. Previously writing for the likes of Fixture, Dexerto, Fragster, and Jaxon, Ben has dedicated themselves to engaging and accessible articles about sports, esports, and internet culture. With a love for the weirder stories, you never quite know what to expect from their work.