Alabama AD confident Saban will remain in Tuscaloosa

Can a coach get tired of winning national championships? (US Presswire)

Alabama athletic director Mal Moore is confident Nick Saban will remain in Tuscaloosa rather than give the NFL another shot.

As has become an annual tradition as of late, rumors have started circulating that Saban will leave Alabama to give the professional life another go, with the Cleveland Browns being the rumored destination. Moore, who spent time working with the NFL's Cardinals franchise -- in St. Louis and Arizona -- doesn't believe that will happen.

"He's expressed to me on several occasions ... that he's happy here," Moore told ESPN. "He feels very comfortable, and I believe him."

During an appearance on the Dan LeBatard Show in Miami this week, Saban made it sound like he's going to stay at Alabama.

"This has been a good thing for my family to be here," Saban said. "College football has been very good for us. The positive impact that you can have on these young men as players and as people, that's just something that we really enjoy and something that I learned about myself.

"I really enjoy what I'm doing here right now. I'm getting old now. I don't think we've got too many moves left in us. ... Hopefully I'll be able to stay here for a long, long time."

Of course, of everything Saban said in that quote, the only thing most people will notice is he said he doesn't think he has "too many moves left" and that he hopes he'll "be able to stay" at Alabama for a long time. 

So no matter what anybody says, the rumors are going to persist until Saban is coaching in Tuscaloosa this spring.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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