Paul Finebaum on the one thing that could drive Nick Saban away from college football
Remember when Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty was allegedly dead when the Crimson Tide lost to Ole Miss back in 2014? Or when Dabo Swinney’s Clemson program passed up the Crimson Tide?
Believe it or not, those were actual talking points that were argued following Alabama losses under Saban.
Following the most impressive season Alabama has ever put together under the coach, Paul Finebaum joked that Saban might keep coaching for 20 more years during his most recent appearance on ESPN show Get Up.
“Greenie, when the two of us went down that rabbit hole two years ago, he was closer to the end – meaning Saban,” Finebaum said during his appearance on the program. “I’m going to make you a prediction, 20 years from now, the two of us will be sitting in lounge chairs in Miami Beach, and we’ll be watching Sabin win his 24th national championship – this guy is not going anywhere. Because he’s got a better staff today, he’s got better players than he did two or three years ago when he was still playing for national championships and maybe not losing one.”
Those comments notwithstanding, Finebaum did suggest there is one thing on the horizon in college football that could prove to be the end of Saban’s run in Tuscaloosa.
There’s no telling how name, image, and likeness will affect the sport, but Finebaum believes it could drive Saban out of coaching.
Here’s what Finebaum added on that subject while addressing his ESPN colleague, Heather Dinich.
“There’s only one caveat here that I think could undo Nick Saban and Heather, with all due respect, you know how much I love you, it’s not going to be Jimbo Fisher, I promise you,” Finebaum continued. “It is going to be name, image, and likeness.
“When this goes through in a couple of months, I think it will probably send Nick Saban and every other coach up the wall, and it really depends on how he navigates that issue in terms of how many more national championships he wins.”