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08:00 AM ET 01.02 | Might Nick Saban be enticed to walk an NFL sideline again? NFL teams that have been inquiring about [Saban] in recent days and weeks have been told in no uncertain terms: thanks, but no thanks. At least so far. Some franchises with vacancies have sent feelers toward Saban and the Alabama camp regarding his seriousness about returning to the NFL. He has told these inquirers that he isn't coming back. ... It's unclear which teams have contacted Alabama. Several league sources say most, if not all of them, have reached out to Saban in some unofficial capacity, and Saban or his camp has been extremely clear about his intentions. This time, by saying he's staying, Saban might actually be saying what he means.

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January 2, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Try again, Dolphins. I'm sure he won't let you down. Well, pretty sure.

January 2, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Sweet Home Alabama!!!!

January 2, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Try again, Dolphins. I'm sure he won't let you down. Well, pretty sure.

That sounds like something Jeff Ireland would sign off on.

Speaking of, I'm surprised Ireland wasn't on the list of GM casualties the other day.

January 2, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Saban is a college coach. He'll stay at Bama. He already tried the NFL, & it doesn't fit his style of coaching.

January 2, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Saban is a college coach. He'll stay at Bama. He already tried the NFL, & it doesn't fit his style of coaching.

Making a 330 lb O-Lineman cry the first day of camp at Miami, was a key indicator.

January 2, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That sounds like something Jeff Ireland would sign off on.Speaking of, I'm surprised Ireland wasn't on the list of GM casualties the other day.

Another guy with pictures.....

January 2, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Saban can be one of college football's all-time great coaches ... or he can be a failed NFL coach. Not really that tough a choice.

January 2, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Is that a sky blue sports coat??

January 2, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Is that a sky blue sports coat??

Hey Nick, the 70's called. They want their clothes and the 'Saturday Night Fever' haircut back.

January 2, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Saban can be one of college football's all-time great coaches ... or he can be a failed NFL coach. Not really that tough a choice.

Not for regular people but for a guy with an ego as big as Saban's ...

January 2, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Some guys are just better off as college coaches. Spurrier & Saban come to mind.

January 2, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Not for regular people but for a guy with an ego as big as Saban's ...

LOL

I love when people say nonsense like this, as though they know people personally.

Newsflash - everyone in the coaching profressio is an ego maniac. That's why they chose that profession in the first place.

January 2, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hey Nick, the 70's called. They want their clothes and the 'Saturday Night Fever' haircut back.

He's attempting to relive the Bear Bryant era vicariously through his get ups. Don't be surprised if a hat appears next.

January 2, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Saban can be one of college football's all-time great coaches ... or he can be a failed NFL coach. Not really that tough a choice.

He'd probably rather teach a kid how to play, than try to fix everything that's wrong with him later.

January 2, 2013  10:43 AM ET

He's been there... he's done that.

He ain't coming back.

January 2, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Why should Saban ever leave Bama?

He has a team contending for titles...he gets paid almost the same as NFL coaches do and he does not have to take over some sorry franchise and rebuild it.

I would stay in Bama forever if they would let me.

Kind of the same deal with Coach K in Duke...why tarnish your legacy for a volatile NFL job or in Coach K's place, a NBA gig??

January 2, 2013  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Why should Saban ever leave Bama?He has a team contending for titles...he gets paid almost the same as NFL coaches do and he does not have to take over some sorry franchise and rebuild it.I would stay in Bama forever if they would let me.Kind of the same deal with Coach K in Duke...why tarnish your legacy for a volatile NFL job or in Coach K's place, a NBA gig??

And no salary cap...

January 2, 2013  11:29 AM ET

A Wednesday morning rumor...and I stress that word "rumor"...is circulating that Saban will take over the reins of the Longhorns after the NC game. Anyone else hearing this?

Sounds totally absurd...MB and DD seem very well entrenched in Austin...can't see that duo breaking up without a year's worth of fanfare and publicity coming first.

January 2, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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Why should Saban ever leave Bama?He has a team contending for titles...he gets paid almost the same as NFL coaches do and he does not have to take over some sorry franchise and rebuild it.I would stay in Bama forever if they would let me.Kind of the same deal with Coach K in Duke...why tarnish your legacy for a volatile NFL job or in Coach K's place, a NBA gig??

Exactly, Well said.

Unless he gets mixed up in something like recruiting violations ( Pete Carroll ) or something else that tarnishes his reputation in College Ball and makes it impossible to recruit, and forces him to run to the NFL, then he is staying put in the life of luxury. Some of these head coaches that are master recruiters don't have to be good coaches, they have enough talent so that coaching is a secondary concern. Has Saban ever turned out a QB that won a Super Bowl ? I know that Urban Meyer and Pete Carroll never have.

 
January 2, 2013  11:50 AM ET

A friend of mine who works for the Browns told me that Saban just visited Berea (Browns HQ) 2 days ago but it is highly unlikely that he will return to the team he once coached as defensive coordinator under Belichick back in the late 90's. I don't see him coming back to the NFL but the Browns are vetting him along with every other team (save Miami :-)

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