But I thought robots never died.

Saban acknowledges he’s getting Spurriered on the recruiting trail these days.

“I’m not looking to get out. I’m really not, even though I know that’s going to start being talked about more now,” said Saban, who’s entering his 10th season at Alabama. “What I have noticed is that it’s the first time people are starting to say to recruits, ‘He won’t be there the whole time you’re there,’ because of my age. Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don’t know. But if it did, it would make you say, ‘Well, what’s up with this?’ My philosophy is that I’m going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program.”

Honestly, I don’t know what the big concern there is.  After all, whenever Saban walks away, Junior will be waiting in the wings to provide a seamless transition for Alabama football.

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13 responses to “But I thought robots never died.

  1. Smart will only be a short flight away to interview too though.

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  2. Go Dawgs!

    I’m willing to buy that Nick Saban won’t be at Alabama four or five years from now. But I don’t believe that would be because he’s retired and certainly not because he’s fired. I still think there’s a slight chance he’ll leave for another challenge somewhere in the NFL.

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    • Derek

      If Texas shows up with that 10 million per year offer, I think he’d take it. If Steve Patterson weren’t such a buffoon it probably would have happened before Strong was hired. Now that Patterson is out and Texas is still struggling, that could come back up. Otherwise, he’ll finish up in T-town. The guy isn’t a pro head coach and he knows it. Wrong environment for him in a number of ways. I’ve heard rumors that he’s been angling for a soft spot at ESPN when he’s done.

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    • I don’t think he will try the NFL again. Teams are on much more of an even playing field with the salary cap, and he won’t be able to game the system against his competitors like he does in college.

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      • Mayor

        This^^. Saban is successful because he basically invented oversigning and did it several years before (1) his competitors caught on and started doing it, too (UGA never caught on); and (2) before the SEC acted to try to at least curb it.

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  3. 3rdandGrantham

    Saban might be in his mid 60’s, but that dude is a very, very young mid 60 year old. He obviously eats right, exercises, and generally takes good care of himself. Spurrier, meanwhile, has had some various physical issues in recent years, walked with a pronounced limp, and certainly looks more than 5 years older than Saban. It also was no small secret that he was working bankers hours and spending a lot of time away from the office. With that said, I seriously doubt any talk of Saban’s age will have much effect on the recruiting trail.

    By the way, speaking of age and how people age quite differently, did any of you all see the opening ceremonial tee off at The Masters Thursday morning? Palmer clearly is suffering physically and, like Jack, is carrying around quite a bit of weight. Sadly, he was unable to make a swing. Gary Player, meanwhile, was running around like a little kid at 80 years old fit as a fiddle, and crushed his tee shot down the center of the fairway after making a hole in one the day before during the par 3 tournament. He looks like he’s in his early 60’s and says he feels 40, all thanks to his devoted commitment to fitness along with his mostly vegan diet. That guy is a straight up boss should be a role model for pretty much anyone. Love that guy.

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    • This year was the first time Palmer looked like he was almost 90. I think his decision to give up the game has affected other areas of his health. Jack has always had the extra weight (everyone called him Fat Jack when he was challenging Arnie as the game’s best player). The swing is shorter now, but it’s still pretty darn good for a man his age. Gary Player is unbelievable and is a role model for fitness. I saw Tom Watson on Friday, and he can still play the game at a high level (although Augusta National is too big of a course from the Masters tees for him now).

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    • Russ

      Given Saban’s obsession over football, it’s amazing to me that he’s in such good health. It obviously works for him, though. The guy does look 10 years younger.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        He genuinely enjoy what he does, and his line of work involves quite a bit of physical movement via active coaching (unlike a typical desk job), so I’m not surprised all that much personally. Older role models of mine like Gary Player have always told me that 70% of it is diet, so obviously he’s doing things right there. If I recall, in one of those inside the program episodes on ESPN, Saban has the same thing for lunch everyday, and that is a small salad with vegetables.

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    • Dog in Fla

      “And the Alabama coach eats them every morning”

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/nick-saban-eats-cookies-for-breakfast-1452528535

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  4. ApalachDawg

    As long as the casino chips and the atm cards are being disseminated via the red elephant club, the tide won’t be losing out on recruits. Look at the blueprint that He laid down at LSU. They are still following it…

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  5. Uglydawg

    Saban made a rare stumble here when he responded to the rumors.
    Better he just ignore it, or just laught at it. Giving a big answer just fuels the fire.

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