Saban: I'm Not Going To Be the Alabama Coach

Nick Saban finally said Thursday the words everybody wanted to hear him, the words that maybe, just maybe, will end the speculation he could end up as head coach at the University of Alabama.

Saban had said previously he had no interest in leaving the Dolphins but never categorically denied he could take the Alabama job, but he was asked again about the subject because of an story quoting an unnamed NFL head coach that suggested he might be closer to considerin the possibility.

"I have no other comments to make about that," Saban said before the reporter could finish his question. "I don't know how many times I have to respond to rumor and innuendo. I have no control over it. I've stated what my intentions are. They really haven't changed, so I don't know what the issue is. I don't know why people keep asking about it. What they talk about over there is their business, but what's happening here is my business and our business and that's what we're focused on. That's what I committed to doing. I don't know how else I can say it. I've said it on three different occasions and I don't know how else I can say it.

"I don't know why you keep asking. I don't control what people say. I don't control what people put on or anything else. I'm just telling you there's no significance in my opinion about this, about me, about any interest I have in anything other than being the coach here."

The reporter then asked Saban why he didn't just simply say he wasn't going to be the head coach at Alabama.

"I think I just said that," Saban replied. "Did I not say that? Why didn't I say that? I guess I have to say it. I'm not going to be the Alabama coach. I shouldn't even have to comment on this. I think I've said this over and over and over again."

Whether this ends the Saban-to-speculation remains to be seen. We're almost thinking it never will end until the school finally hires someone to replace former head coach Mike Shula.

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