Alabama coach Nick Saban, who won his fourth BCS national championship on Monday night, tried again Tuesday to tell folks he’s not jumping to the NFL.
Of course this is the same guy who also said he was not leaving the Dolphins and wasn’t by any chance going to Alabama.
There has been plenty of speculation that a couple teams, with the Cleveland Browns in the forefront, wanted to talk to Saban about the head coaching job.
“Well, you know, how many times do you think I’ve been asked this question?” he said during a press conference in Miami. “How many times do you think I’ve been asked to put it to rest?
“And I’ve put it to rest, and you continue to ask it. So I’m going to say it today, that– you know, I think somewhere along the line you’ve got to choose. You learn a lot from the experiences of what you’ve done in the past.
“I came to the Miami Dolphins, what, eight years ago for the best owner, the best person that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work for. And in the two years that I was here, had a very, very difficult time thinking that I could impact the organization in the way that I wanted to or the way that I was able to in college, and it was very difficult for me, because there’s a lot of parity in the NFL, there’s a lot of rules in the NFL.
“And people say you can draft the players that you want to draft; you can draft a player that’s there when you pick. It might not be the player you need, it might not be the player you want. You’ve got salary cap issues. We had them here. You’ve got to have a quarterback. We had a chance to get one here; sort of messed it up.
“So I didn’t feel like I could impact the team the same way that I can as a college coach in terms of affecting people’s lives personally, helping them develop careers by graduating from school, off the field, by helping develop them as football players, and there’s a lot of self-gratification in all that, all right.”