Report: Nick Saban expressed interest in NY Giants job during the offseason
Alabama coach Nick Saban reportedly reached out to the New York Giants following the conclusion of the 2015 season, according to comedian Tom Arnold.
And no, he wasn’t kidding.
Arnold, who is good buddies with Giants chairman Steve Tisch, told Paul Finebaum Friday that Saban expressed interest in leaving the Crimson Tide for the Meadowlands.
“They got his deal done with [Ben McAdoo] and they are ready to sign him and they get a call from Bob Ehrman who says Nick Saban wants the job,” Arnold told Finebaum. “So they had to stop. This is a Saturday night. They said you have until Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to say definite yes. Tell us what he needs for money. ‘Well, he needs $10 million to start with and this is the deal. He has to get it approved by his wife right.’ Well he has to get it approve by his wife right this second because we have a coach on the string here. But if he wants to do it it has to be right this second.
“So he had until Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and it didn’t work out. But it was close.”
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2016
Saban left LSU for the Miami Dolphins after the 2004 season but didn’t stay for long after realizing he missed being a college football coach within the first day of joining the NFL ranks.
“Well, the day I landed in Miami and went to the first press conference,” Saban said earlier this month. “I started to realize the difference between the NFL then and what the NFL was like before when I was in it with Bill Belichick from 1991-94 in Cleveland, before we had free agency, before the media had infiltrated sorta everything that was happening. I guess right then.”
I’d take this report with a grain of salt, but you never know these days.