Following the conclusion of Alabama’s spring football camp, the news is a bit of a mixed bag for Nick Saban. On one hand, he’s going to be back to his old self in a few weeks. On the other hand, he’s going to miss out on golfing this spring.
That’s because Saban is going to have surgery on his hip, he recently told USA TODAY Sports. He’s getting the surgery done now during the slow time of the year so he can get healthy and focus his efforts on football in the fall.
“If I was a normal guy,” Saban said, “I would wait and not do this right now.”
Saban is expected to take around six weeks to recover from the surgery.
Following Alabama’s spring game, Saban revealed he was having some issues with his hip that he planned to have looked at in the coming days.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit with one of my hips, and even though they don’t make them like they used to and most players would not to be able to perform in spring practice like I did if they had a similar situation, but nobody could even tell, but I might not be able to play golf for a few weeks,” Saban said during his spring game press conference. “We’re going to do an evaluation of this at the end of spring, but they say even if it’s the worst case scenario, it may be six or eight weeks. But I can still cut a rug and cut them off, I can do whatever I need to do. I can still play golf. But this has a little bothersome, and I don’t want to go into the fall with this being a problem.
“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot of more years. So, whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive to try and get it taken care of. We’ll certainly do that, and we’ve got really good people to do it. I don’t think it should be a big deal, but I’ve been keeping this a little bit of a secret because I have so much respect for this group. I wanted you to be the first to know. Thank you.”