The speculation about if University of Alabama coach Nick Saban will venture back into the NFL coaching ranks won't go away.
Saban, however, has made it clear he will not make the leap, according to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.
Freeman, who cited several unnamed team and league sources, reported Tuesday that "most, if not all" of the NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies have inquired about Saban's interest in some unofficial capacity, but they have been unequivocally rebuffed.
Saban, who previously had never stayed in one place longer than five years, is in his sixth season with the Crimson Tide.
Saban's stint as head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2005 to 2006 was a major disappointment. He finished with a 15-17 record, and the team seemed to regress more than improve.
Saban ended his tenure in Miami with the now-infamous "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" line weeks before accepting the job in Tuscaloosa. And while perhaps the itch to move on and prove he can coach at the highest level might fester, this time when Saban says he isn't going to change jobs, we actually believe him.
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