Alabama head coach Nick Saban isn’t interested in leaving Alabama to become the coach of the New York Giants.
University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban won his sixth national title Monday night as the Tide beat Georgia 26-23 in the National Championship Game. There has been speculation that Saban is interested in becoming the new coach of the New York Giants.
While Saban possibly coaching the Giants is just speculation right now, one former NFL coach thinks that it is possible. The Alabama coach had two stints in the NFL before going to Alabama. He was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns from 1991 to 1994 and was the Miami Dolphins head coach from 2005-06.
Bruce Arians, who recently retired after being the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said that Saban returning to the NFL wouldn’t surprise him.
“There’s a job he covets. It just happens to be open,” Arians said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Tuesday. “But he’s got a dynasty right now. Another dynamite recruiting class. Why would he do it? I don’t know. But it would not shock me if he did.”
Cowherd then asked Arians what job Saban coveted and he answered with the Giants.
“Oh, the Giants,” he said. “Because they’re the New York Giants and when we grew up, they were the thing.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 9, 2018
However, Saban isn’t interested in becoming the Giants head coach, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
Source tells The Post Nick Saban is not interested in the Giants head coaching job. https://t.co/hCfWxIKNwp
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 9, 2018
If he were interested, though, it would cost the Giants $26.9 million to buy Saban out of his Alabama contract, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.
This isn’t the first time that the Alabama coach’s name has surfaced when it comes to coaching Big Blue. Hannah Withiam of the New York Post reports that actor and comedian Tom Arnold said in October 2016 that boxing promoter Bob Arum called the Giants about the head coach opening on Saban’s behalf just before fired coach Ben McAdoo signed his deal. An agreement didn’t happen because Saban was reportedly asking for $10 million a year.
Saban joins New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the list of people who have been rumored to have interest in coaching the Giants. However, it looks like Saban will be staying in Alabama, just like Belichick is staying in New England.