Nick Saban joining ESPN as analyst after retiring from Alabama

Nick Saban’s next step in college football will likely be wearing a different kind of headset on game day.

It was announced Wednesday that the former Alabama Crimson Tide head coach will be joining ESPN.

Schefter said Saban will work primarily as an analyst for the College GameDay team, but will also provide analysis for the NFL Draft and SEC Media Days.


Alabama head coach Nick Saban is touched by running back Jace McClellan during the second half of the Rose Bowl CFP NCAA college football semifinal game against Michigan on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 in Pasadena, California. He reacted after scoring a knockdown. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, according to multiple reports. The Rigid, who won seven national championships and returned the University of Alabama to a national powerhouse school in just 17 seasons, including six of those championships, according to multiple reports. The coach is retiring. (AP Photo/Gong Kyusung, File)

“ESPN and College GameDay play an important role in the growth of college football, and I am honored to have the opportunity to join their team,” Saban said in an official statement. “We will do our best to provide additional insight and perspective to contribute to College Game Day, the ultimate Saturday tradition for college football fans.”

Saban is no stranger to “College GameDay,” having appeared on the program numerous times over the years as the Crimson Tide’s head coach.

He is also well known by another colleague, Pat McAfee, who is also a member of the College GameDay panel along with Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.

Saban is a regular on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show.”

Alabama athletics director reveals Nick Saban’s role in program after retirement

It’s also worth noting that Saban’s first interview after his retirement was with Davis on ESPN.

Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne also said Saban will be an advisor going forward.

Nick Saban speaks to reporters

Alabama head coach Nick Saban answers questions from the media during the Heisman Trophy press conference at the Marriott Marquis on December 11, 2021 in New York City, New York. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“He was great,” Byrne told Paul Finebaum. “He and I talked during the coaching search.”

Saban surprisingly retired after leading the Crimson Tide to a dynasty for 17 years. He most recently won the SEC title, but lost to the eventual champion Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl and missed the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Saban has won seven national titles as a head coach, the most in college football history. His first ring was made during his time with the LSU Tigers, but six of his rings were forged in Tuscaloosa.

He helped Alabama produce seven SEC titles and four national titles over the past 10 seasons, making the Crimson Tide one of the most feared programs in the country.

Nick Saban at the Rose Bowl

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban during media day at the Rose Bowl on December 30, 2023 in Pasadena, California. (Steve Rimentani/ISI Photo/Getty Images)


But his time in college football will begin a new chapter as he watches from the sidelines and provides expert analysis of what lies ahead.



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