Report: Alabama's Nick Saban saying no to NFL teams

By Kevin Patra
Updated: Jan. 2, 2013 at 06:34 a.m.

The speculation about whether University of Alabama coach Nick Saban will venture back into the NFL coaching ranks won't go away.

Saban, however, has made it clear he will not make the leap, according to Mike Freeman of

Freeman, citing several unnamed team and league sources, reports that "most, if not all" of the teams with coaching vacancies have inquired about Saban's interest in some unofficial capacity, but have been unequivocally rebuffed.

Saban, who previously had never stayed in one place longer than five years, is in his sixth season with the Crimson Tide.

His stint as head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06 was a major disappointment. He finished with a 15-17 record and the team seemed to regress more than improve.

He ended his tenure in Miami with the now-infamous "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" line weeks before accepting the job in Tuscaloosa. And while perhaps the itch to move on and prove he can coach at the highest level might fester, this time when he says he isn't going to change jobs, we actually believe him.