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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
A new column from ESPN's Chris Low revealed a few more details about why Nick Saban retired from Alabama...
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"I want to be clear that wasn't the reason, but some of those events certainly contributed," Saban said. "I was really disappointed in the way that the players acted after the game. You gotta win with class. You gotta lose with class. We had our opportunities to win the game and we didn't do it, and then showing your [expletive] and being frustrated and throwing helmets and doing that stuff ... that's not who we are and what we've promoted in our program."

Saban said he heard two questions from players after the season came to a close that also helped lead to his retirement.

"I thought we could have a [expletive] of a team next year, and then maybe 70 or 80 percent of the players you talk to, all they want to know is two things: What assurances do I have that I'm going to play because they're thinking about transferring, and how much are you going to pay me?" he said. "Our program here was always built on how much value can we create for your future and your personal development, academic success in graduating and developing an NFL career on the field.

"So I'm saying to myself, 'Maybe this doesn't work anymore, that the goals and aspirations are just different and that it's all about how much money can I make as a college player?' I'm not saying that's bad. I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm just saying that's never been what we were all about, and it's not why we had success through the years."
(The Spun)
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62Tigerfan1 month
With NIL, college football will never be the same and there will be no going back. I can't blame Saban one bit. At some point with all the changes, you just say to yourself "f--k this, I'm outta here."
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ncinthenext31 month
It was time to go. He's not putting up with that s**T. I don't blame him. He's not built to tolerate the entitlement mentality. College football will never be the same, unless there's some regulation. Until then it's the wild wild west and get what you can get where ever you can get it.
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tokenBoiler1 month
When his agent went in to negotiate his contracts, how much time did he spend on guaranteeing Saban's personal development, vs guaranteeing Saban's compensation?
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Cryptonbarton1 month
Last time I checked Saban was the leader of the program. He wasn’t a student of the program.
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lsu4life771 month
The irony is Nick Saban calling somebody classless. How times did he whine after a loss, throw tantrums and tell at his players on national television. That's the last person I would say had any class.
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Its not amateur sports anymore and IMO needs its own semi pro league. College should always be about higher education and award scholarships to people who are looking to advance in academia.
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TigerB81 month
Kinda mirrors what appeared to be his reason for leaving NFL so fast. Even playing field with players getting paid. Can't dominate. Went back to college so he could amass the best players. The few he had trouble bringing in got a Challenger.

But he's right, paying players removes the "heart" from the game. Money is the reason most play now, not pride. NIL and portal has ruined it.
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cypresstiger1 month
Kinda mirrors what appeared to be his reason for leaving NFL so fast.--Well that, and he sucked as an NFL HC
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6R121 month
Boom, there it goes.
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blizzle1 month
The irony - Bama made his arse quit.
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RiverCityTider1 month
I knew Bama had a cultural problem before the Rose Bowl. They were basically unfocused and full of themselves. So unlike Bama teams of the past.

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Hampton1 month
shite on a Nick Saban
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shoelessjoe1 month
Saban sounds like he left because the playing field was being leveled with all schools being able to pay for players.
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southsidedell1 month
All teams payed for players. He is saying it seemed like it was all they care about now.
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Mr Happy1 month
I think I'd feel the same way, especially if I had a gazillion dollars saved for retirement.
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Miznoz1 month
Nick Saban is such a whiny bitch everyone knows Alabama paid it's players the most for a long arse time before NIL
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TigrrrDad1 month
I know, right! Why would players ever want to play for the best coach in college football history unless they were paid. :rolleyes:
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SulphursFinest1 month
That’s not really what he’s saying…. He’s saying players are saying money, guaranteed start, or in transferring. Transfer portal sucks. I agree with him. It has completely ripped the heart from college football
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TerryDawg031 month
Surprised to hear him come out and say it about Bama's players, but yeah, money is ruining college football.
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He has a history of throwing his own players under the bus
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Lark2251 month
He is right tho...these youngsters nowadays don't listen to understand and can't stand to listen
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Strannix1 month
Nick was a fraud NIL exposed when he couldn't buy off players with a Charger and a no show job for mama
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kjanchild1 month
As far as the classless remarks...I hate to say it but it is "new" way at every level. I am at the middle school level now and you wouldn't believe how classless these kids are today. It's only going to get worse because there is no home training anymore. Tv and social media are raising these kids. I'm with Nick on this one and I only have two months left myself. God willing!
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caliegeaux1 month
He earned the right to walk away whenever he wanted. He also advocated for players getting paid to be on their side and win recruiting battles. One influenced the other.
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Dadren1 month
In January, he claimed his retirement had nothing to do with NIL, which we all knew was BS. NIL and the portal have screwed CFB sideways and he warned everyone this would happen before it become a thing. He was 100% justified to peace out and owes no apologies, just don’t understand why he didn’t say this in the first place.
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GoldenDawg1 month
Knew he left awfully abruptly. He didn't want to retire. He couldn't handle the new rules, so he quit while the quittin' was good.
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