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The seek for Nick Saban’s alternative at Alabama continues, two days after the seven-time nationwide champion hung up his headset. 

On Thursday, Oregon head coach Dan Lanning shot down the thought he’d take the job when Lanning and Oregon launched a video displaying the Geese head coach calling a group assembly and telling his gamers he wasn’t going wherever.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide throughout the second quarter towards the Michigan Wolverines throughout the CFP semifinal Rose Bowl Jan. 1, 2024, in Pasadena, Calif.  (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

Steve Sarkisian is reportedly near finalizing an extension with Texas, and Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has agreed to an eight-year contract, in keeping with a number of experiences. 


As Alabama seems to be to interchange the legend, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith provided his tackle who could be the very best match to turn into the Crimson Tide’s head coach — Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders

“Y’all going to name me loopy, however I’m going to say it once more. ‘Prime Time’ Deion Sanders,” Smith stated Friday on “First Take.” 

“The explanation why I really feel that means is as a result of I’m serious about as we speak’s era of gamers. … I’m serious about NIL. I’m serious about the switch portal, which clearly have been issues that Nick Saban had a point of an issue with.”

Sanders overhauled the Colorado roster in his first season as head coach earlier than going 4-8 in 2023. 

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders earlier than the beginning of the spring recreation at Folsom Area in Boulder, Colo., April 22, 2023. (Ron Chenoy/USA In the present day Sports activities)

“After which I’m pondering of Deion Sanders,” Smith stated. “He’s bought the top-ranked switch class proper now. That is the second 12 months that he’s pulled that off. If you have a look at it from that perspective, the flexibility to recruit expertise, I feel if you happen to’re going to interchange the greatness of a Nick Saban, it begins and ends firstly with with the ability to recruit.

“That’s simply me. It’s not going to occur. I do know that. However that’s what I’d say.”


The Buffaloes landed 20 gamers by means of the portal for the 2024 season and are ranked third behind Ole Miss and Texas A&M, in keeping with 247 Sports activities. 

Saban’s sudden retirement shocked most across the sport since Alabama was coming off a 12-win season and a spot within the Faculty Soccer Playoff. 

Nick Saban stares on field

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs off the sector at halftime throughout the CFP semifinal Rose Bowl towards the Michigan Wolverines Jan. 1, 2024, in Pasadena, Calif.  (Ryan Kang/Getty Photographs)

In an interview with ESPN, Saban stated he wished to depart this system whereas it was nonetheless in an excellent place to often compete for convention and nationwide championships.


“The previous few days have been exhausting,” Saban instructed ESPN in an interview Thursday. “However, look, it’s form of like I instructed the gamers. I used to be going to go in there and ask them to get 100% dedicated to coming again and making an attempt to win a championship, however I’ve at all times stated that I didn’t need to trip this system down.”

As head coach of Alabama, Saban introduced six nationwide championships and 9 SEC titles to Tuscaloosa whereas going 206-29. 

In his 28 years as a head coach, which included stops at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU, Saban by no means had a dropping season. 

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos and Chantz Martin contributed to this report