Saban staying at LSU

LSU football coach Nick Saban has announced he intends to remain with the Tigers despite drawing strong interest from the NFL.<br><br>Saban hosted Chicago Bears general mananger Jerry Angelo last night at his home in Baton Rouge, but the two never entered into discussions what it would take to bring Saban to the Windy City.

Saban said he deicded to hold a press conference at LSU Saturday evening to announce his intentions in order to end the rumors and speculation about his interest in an NFL job.

"I just wanted everyone to know that's something I'm not interested in right now," Saban said.

Angelo and Saban have a long-standing relationship dating back to when both were on the football staff at Syracuse in 1977. Saban said the two discussed family matters, the current state of the NFL and how much it has changed since Saban was an assistant in the league in the 1980s.

According to Saban, Angelo did ask him if he would be interested in an NFL career, but Saban said did not discuss any additional details of the conversation.

While Saban has never held a press conference in the past to deflect rumors about NFL teams courting him, he said he decided to clear the air on this occasion so the rumors would not affect his ongoing recruiting effort or the current players on the team.

"We're looking forward to the challenges of the future of being a dominant program," Saban said.

Winning the national championship guarantees that Saban will be the highest paid college football coach, but LSU athletics director SKip Bertman has been working on an extension and enhancement of Saban's contract. Reports have indicated that Saban will make $3 million a year, with the length of the deal somewhere between six and 10 years.

"I know a lot of people are working hard on that," said Saban. "I'm pleased with that. It's not an issue." In addition to the Bears, the Atlanta Falcons had expressed a strong interest in Saban before they eventually decided to hire San Francisco 49ers assistant Jim Mora Jr. Saban said he never talked to any representatives of the Falcons.

When asked if the current state of the NFL had anything to do with his decision, Saban said his choice had more to do with enjoying his job on the college level.

"It's about...Terri (his wife), the kids, everybody's enthusiasm ato be part of a college program, the impact you have on people's lives and the self gratification we get from that."

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