As Alabama head coach Nick Saban prepares to take on Notre Dame at the BCS championship early next month, rumors and speculation began to swirl that the coach is considering returning to the NFL — as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns.
When asked if there was any truth to the rumors that he was perhaps ready to move on from college football, Saban offered a definitive answer.
“We’re really, really pleased and happy to be here,” he said (via AL.com). “We’ve been able to accomplish a lot. But like I’ve talked about before, this is a work in progress all the time. You’ve got to stay focused on the process to try to continue to make the next game the most important game, the next season the most important season, developing the team every year.”
All of the speculation began with a report from the Boston Globe published earlier in the month. Citing multiple sources, the report claimed Saban said that, if he were to return to the NFL, it would likely be with the Browns.
That wasn’t much to go on, but a more recent report from ESPN Cleveland claims that Saban is not interested in coaching the Browns. On the other hand, the team’s owner, Jimmy Haslam, is reportedly keen on having Saban as a head coach, so much so that he was willing to offer a $100-million contract for ten years.
For now, Saban is more than content with sticking with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“This is what we’re happy doing,” Saban added. “This is what we like to do. But nobody really believes that. So, you know, maybe it doesn’t matter. I don’t know what I have to say or do, but it’s kind of funny to me.”