Alabama head coach Nick Saban is no stranger to rumors about where his next destination might be, but he maintains that he's already arrived at the final stop in his coaching career.
The 64-year-old coach was asked in an interview with ESPN this week whether he could see himself coaching elsewhere before he retires.
"No, I really don't. I don't see it ever happening, and I know every year somebody has me going somewhere else," Saban said. "I think a lot of it isn't just about the coaching part. What people don't understand is they forget you're a person. They forget you have a wife and two kids and a grandbaby, and they all live in Birmingham.
"They all work here. My wife goes to Birmingham five times a week. My mom lives in Birmingham now after moving from Myrtle Beach. It's not just the job. A lot of people don't get that. My life is here."
Here's the thing -- if Saban answered that question differently and left the door open to a departure, it would lead to an uproar (from recruits, media, etc.), and he knows it.
Now, someone might not envision something happening, but that doesn't mean it will definitely never happen, and yes, no one will forget the time Saban said he wouldn't leave the Miami Dolphins for Alabama before doing just that shortly thereafter.
Saban has won four national championships as a college head coach and has a chance to make it five this season, as the Crimson Tide will face Michigan State on Dec. 31 in a national semifinal game. He has little left to prove at the college level. Would he take another run at the NFL if the right situation came along? We know this -- there's sentiment in the league that he's the best NFL head-coaching candidate of those in the college ranks.