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Kirk Herbstreit: Nick Saban will be a football analyst before coaching in NFL

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As the college football season draws closer, ESPN made a stop down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Kirk Herbstreit sat down with for an interview on Wednesday. Of course, plenty of the talk surrounded the Alabama Crimson Tide and their title hopes in 2014. However, they also talked about the future of Nick Saban.

Nick Saban’s name has been floated around for many of the jobs in the NFL as well as college programs. Saban was rumored to be on the way to Texas before that idea was iced by Mack Brown’s reluctant resignation. While Nick Saban, will be a hot commodity across the coaching landscape, there is one place he could end up before on another sideline.

If you ask Kirk Herbstreit where Nick Saban will end up when his Alabama coaching career is done, and he will likely say on ESPN. In other words, Kirk Herbstreit believes that Alabama could be Nick Saban’s final coaching job.

"He loves ball," Herbstreit says. "I think it's the idea of sitting around with three or four guys he likes, talking about college football and having to do a little bit of homework on studying this offense or this defense..

"I think he enjoys it like you and I, two other guys talking about March Madness."

There’s no question that Nick Saban would be one of the great analysts in college football. During the BCS National Championship between Auburn and Florida State, it took a couple moments to tell how well Nick Saban adapted to his surroundings.

That was roughly a month after joining the GameDay crew in Indianapolis for Championship weekend. It was only a week after the miraculous field goal return by Chris Davis, yet, Saban was outside displaying his knowledge of the game.

Honestly, Nick Saban was poignant in his breakdown of the game, and he looked as natural on set, as Lebron James on a fast break dunk. According to Saturday Down South, the College GameDay Producer, Lee Fitting reiterated Saban’s “impressive skills on set.”

For now, Nick Saban is all in with Alabama, as they try to recapture the SEC title and get into the first ever college football final four.


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