Few college football coaches get more national respect—and have as many fans rooting against them—than Alabama’s Nick Saban.
There’s a reason season-long rumors of Saban going to Texas, which were denied repeatedly, drew national attention.
Saban morphed the last two programs he inherited—LSU and Alabama—from sleeping giants to powerhouses, winning four BCS national championships along the way.
In many ways, Saban provides the hope for traditional powers across the nation that their programs are one transcendent hire away from reaching the elusive status of being “back.”
Wins and 5-star recruits alike flock to Saban.
“The Process,” in turn, churns out championships and NFL prospects.
Ever since Saban, then the Miami Dolphins coach, defiantly told reporters he would not be the next head coach at Alabama three weeks before accepting the position, fans have refused to take the coach at his word that Tuscaloosa would be his final stop.
Seemingly every time a high-profile job pops up, Saban’s name gets tossed around.
Yet every season he remains in place it seems more likely that Saban truly will retire as the head football coach of Alabama.
At this point it would be a significant surprise if Saban did uproot and take the helm of another program.
Naturally, that doesn’t stop fans from dreaming up scenarios of him leading other teams.
Here is the list of the five jobs college football fans would most like to see Saban take before he retires.