ORLANDO -- Nick Saban is through with the NFL, just in case you're wondering.
Alabama's national championship coach quashed any speculation that he might someday re-enter the NFL on Tuesday, the same day Pete Carroll was announced as the new coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
|Nick Saban: 'I really enjoy what I'm doing in college football and that's probably the best place for Nick Saban.' (US Presswire)|
Saban was in town as a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award.
The NFL question was valid considering this was the same coach who in 2006 said, "I am not going to be the Alabama coach." That was a few weeks before accepting the job in Tuscaloosa. Since then, the Crimson Tide have taken off -- this season Alabama became only the third team in history to go 14-0.
The one thing I really do enjoy about college coaching is that you have a program ...," Saban added.
"Having a college program, there is a lot more positive self-gratification for you as a coach. I really enjoy what I'm doing in college football and that's probably the best place for Nick Saban."
Carroll returned the NFL Tuesday after nine years at USC. Saban spent two of his eight years in the NFL has an assistant with the Dolphins in 2005-2006. Since then, he is 33-8 at Alabama, having won the school's ninth wire service national championship last Thursday.
"I think he'll do great," Saban said of Carroll. "I've known Pete since we were both 27, 28 years old. We were both secondary coaches coming up at the same time. I think he'll do a fantastic job."
Saban is in the middle of an eight-year, $32 million contract.