Retired Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Joins ESPN as an Analyst

Nick Saban and Alabama players celebrate a win in 2018
Nick Saban and Alabama players celebrate a win in 2018. Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (9313017bi)

Nick Saban might be retired from coaching, but that doesn’t mean he intends to stop working. The legendary Alabama head coach is joining ESPN and will serve as a college football analyst.

Saban will primarily work on ESPN’s College GameDay show, which airs on Saturday mornings during college football season. The 72-year-old Saban is also expected to be part of NFL Draft coverage while making other contributions across the network.

“ESPN and College GameDay have played such an important role in the growth of college football, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to join their team,” Saban said in a statement. “I’ll do my best to offer additional insights and perspectives to contribute to College GameDay, the ultimate Saturday tradition for college football fans.”

Appearing on ESPN is nothing new for Saban, who served as a guest analyst for the network on numerous occasions in the past. ESPN reportedly had an interest in bringing in Saban for several years and acted swiftly once he became available.

Nick Saban made a surprising decision to retire from coaching after the 2023 college football season. He walked away as arguably the greatest head coach in college football, owning a 292–71–1 record and having seven national championships and 27 division titles on his resume. 

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