LINK"I'm committed to the job we have to do here at Michigan State. I've said that before," Saban said at a hastily called news conference Thursday.
LINKNot leaving LSU, Saban Says;
'Things are a little different in the league now than when I was there,'' Saban said. ''After thinking about whether or not that's something I'm interested in doing right now, I'm very happy to be the coach here.''
LINKSo on Thursday Dec. 21st 2006, Saban -- who has tried to denounce the story about him potentially going to Alabama numerous times in recent weeks -- again, and adamantly, denied that he's headed back to the college ranks.
When the stories linking Alabama and Saban began circulating last month, almost immediately after Shula got fired following a 6-6 season, the former coach at Louisiana State said he was flattered but not interested."I guess I have to say it," Saban said. "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."
He's bristled at nearly every suggestion about him leaving the Dolphins since.
."I don't know how many times I've got to respond to rumor and innuendo," Saban said. "I have no control over that. I've stated what my intentions are and they really haven't changed, so I don't know what the issue is
Oh the memories....lol
If Chip Kelly wants to coach in the NFL, nows the time to go. He can't get any hotter, short of winning the National Championship. He has raised expectations such that any drop off will be a disappointment. In general, the non-Nike Boosters do not care for Chip because he doesn't cater to them. Believe it or not, there are boosters that wouldn't be disappointed if he left.
Add to that the Willie Lyles recruiting violation investigation that the NCAA has not yet completed, and it looks like the time to leave could be as good as it every will be.
It's either go now, or keep coaching college for quite a while.