“Nick ain’t thinking about retiring, not even close,” Spurrier told Low. “He can go into his 70s
easy, and I think he will.
“I told him he won’t retire until he loses three games in a season. He told me, ‘If I ever lose three
games around here again, they might kill me.’ I think he was joking, but I’m not sure.”
Saban is starting spring practice for his 12th season in Tuscaloosa, and the Alabama program is in top shape coming off
a national title victory against Georgia. There’s nothing other than age that would fuel such speculation for the 66-year-old,
himself put to bed in the piece by Low.
“That’s what everybody keeps saying, that I’m not going to be doing this for much longer, and all the
people who say it have no idea what I’m going to do,” Saban told ESPN. “I’ve been involved in some
fashion with football and being a part of a football team ever since I can remember. I don’t know what it would be like
not doing it, and don’t want to know.”
Spurrier knows a little about being pressured into such a decision before being ready. The Hall of Fame coach faced negative
recruiting about his age throughout the latter part of his tenure at South Carolina before finally deciding to hang up his
whistle midway through the 2015 season at the age of 70.
Spurrier is predicting that Saban outlasts him in the quest to coach into his 70s, and the Head Ball Coach could be right
about that one. Even though Spurrier has retired and appears to be enjoying time with family and his well-publicized golf
habit, he still has the itch to coach from time to time. He has told reporters that he’d
like to call plays for a high school team if the right opportunity presented itself.
Spurrier also lends his brain to the Gators football staff whenever needed as part of his role with the Florida athletic