Nick Saban's Odds of Finishing Career at Alabama Enhanced by Wife's Testimony

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 27, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the BCS Coaches' Trophy as his wife Terry looks on after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has guided his powerhouse program to the No. 1 ranking in the BCS entering Saturday's Iron Bowl clash with the archrival Auburn Tigers.

Saban is seeking his third consecutive national championship and is two wins away from being in position to obtain that achievement. Even for a man of his competitive enthusiasm, there may not be much more to prove if he raises the Coaches' Trophy yet again in January.

However, the 62-year-old coach's wife, Terry, has been married to Nick Saban for 42 years and played a huge role in his coaching career.

She says that the Sabans are in Tuscaloosa to stay until her husband decides he's finished with coaching, according to a report by Sharon Terlep of the Wall Street Journal.

"We're staying. We're not going anywhere," said Terry Saban.

Toward the beginning of Terlep's piece, she brings up the notion that the Crimson Tide faithful seem to take for granted the incredible accomplishments that the football program has enjoyed in recent years.

"You come to a crossroads and the expectations get so great, people get spoiled by success and there gets to be a lack of appreciation," said Terry. "We're kind of there now."

But that doesn't mean a departure is imminent.

She denied speculation that she was "house hunting" in Austin and that her husband was interested in coaching at Texas if the position opened up as "rumors with absolutely no foundation."

Also documented in the article is how staunch of a contract negotiator Nick Saban is, and how he never has had to swear allegiance to any team he's coached in the past.

The last time Terry Saban was scouting out a new location for her family was when her husband was preparing to leave Michigan State for LSU, where he would win one of his four national titles.

A former athletic director, Clarence Underwood, remembered the clan of Spartans that went over to the Saban residence to discuss a contract bonus after the coach wasn't given one he felt he deserved right away.

Underwood recalled the exchange between Michigan State trustee Joel Ferguson and the ball coach.

"Nick, is Terry in Baton Rouge?' said Ferguson.

"Yes, she's there now,'" said Nick Saban, who was off to LSU the next morning to begin a new chapter in his prolific career.

Thereafter, Terry was frustrated with her role when Nick took the head coaching job with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

Terry Saban (left), interacting with Dolphins fans in 2005.
Terry Saban (left), interacting with Dolphins fans in 2005.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

When interest from Alabama came, she did the research and made sure this move would be one where she could be involved, where her husband would have more control in selecting players and where the Sabans could set up for the long haul.

The Sabans haven't stayed anywhere as long as they have at Alabama by two years, per Terlep, and that streak looks to be extending for the foreseeable future, according to Terry:

We feel more like it's home, like we are a part of the community and pulling up stakes again would be difficult. We are trying to educate ourselves, to change ourselves. We can't change expectations or change lack of appreciation. We have to change our mindset. We have decided: this is where we are going to end our career.

Considering that Nick Saban has corroborated that testimony publicly in saying he will finish out his coaching days with the Tide, Alabama fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

As he explained to his wife, the ball coach is interested in "The Process."

That's what keeps him going and motivated in shaping the lives of young men, all the while building a college football juggernaut that is in the process of pursuing a fourth championship in five seasons.

Life is good in Tuscaloosa for the Sabans. It seems their rather nomadic lifestyle spanning a slew of coaching stops seems to have finally found a fitting endpoint in Alabama.

The Crimson Tide are poised for success this season, but fans can be sure the work won't end there. 247Sports' composite rankings have Alabama's 2014 recruiting class as the best in the nation, so Saban will have plenty more young talent to worth with in the coming years. 

Considering the continued success he has demonstrated with the Tide, there's no doubt the good times will keep on rolling.


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