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Nick Saban to NFL? He says no, report says.

Nick Saban is focusing on the BCS title game. (Vasha Hunt / AP)

Nick Saban, perhaps the most intruguing name being mentioned in connection with the NFL’s seven head-coaching vacancies, isn’t interested in leaving Alabama after the BCS Championship game Jan. 7 against Notre Dame.

Teams that have inquired about his plans are being told, according to Mike Freeman of CBS, that he is not interested in making a second try at coaching in the NFL. His first NFL stint ended epicly badly, with Saban repeatedly denying that he was leaving the Miami Dolphins for Alabama after two seasons. Days after the Dolphins finished 6-10 in 2006, Saban announced that he was bolting South Florida for Alabama and his reputation for candor has been suspect ever since.

This time, though, he seems serious about staying in ‘Bama. Freeman reports that one team official said Saban quoted former coach Jerry Glanville, saying that the NFL stands for “not for long,” while his gig with the Crimson Tide is likely to last as long as it pleases him.

Saban, who also coached at LSU, has won three national championships and, along with Bear Bryant, is the only college coach to win titles at two schools. While he appears to mean that he’s serious about the college game, should he consider giving the NFL another shot?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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