The Saban to Alabama saga
If Nick Saban takes the Alabama job he will have sealed his legacy in the NFL as a failure and a quitter on football's grandest stage.
If Nick Saban takes the Alabama job he will be admitting that he is not ready for success in the major leagues and he is a lifetime minor leaguer.
If Nick Saban leaves the Dolphins with three years remaining on his contract he will have told all his players -- present and future -- that it doesn't matter what document you put your name to, you can get out of it if you have a good attorney. So go ahead and make a deal and then, if it's convenient to you, back on out.
And here is another thing I know: I think Nick Saban doesn't want to stand for any of those things I just wrote about.
He knows the stakes, he knows he can stay with the Dolphins and get another college job next year or the year after or the year after if he wants. And by the way, there are much better situations to step into than the Alabama job where Bear Bryant's shadow is long and exceeded only by the reach the boosters have on the program.
If Saban leaves the NFL now, not having done what he set out to accomplish, it will be a looooong time before any other NFL team comes calling. Maybe never again. Can you say Lou Holtz?
So I believe Nick Saban will remain Miami's coach. I cannot say this unequivocably because he has never really opened up to anyone of my ilk (a reporter) enough so that we know the exact weave of his moral fabric.
But what little I know tells me that this good man, this good coach, will do the honorable thing -- that is, make his word his bond. He has told his players, his owner and his fans through the press, that he is not interested in coaching Alabama.
I believe him. I believe he'll continue to coach the Dolphins.