Nick Saban to join ‘College GameDay’ cast as analyst, contribute to ESPN’s draft coverage

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Less than a month after Nick Saban retired from his post at Alabama, ESPN announced the legendary coach will be joining the network’s “College GameDay” cast as an analyst. He will also contribute to the company’s NFL Draft coverage and make appearances on SEC Network.

Saban, who has appeared as a guest on “College GameDay” on numerous occasions, will join the show’s team of Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Pat McAfee.

“ESPN and College GameDay have played such an important role in the growth of college football, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to join their team,” Saban said in an ESPN press release. “I’ll do my best to offer additional insights and perspectives to contribute to College GameDay, the ultimate Saturday tradition for college football fans.”

Saban, 72, retired from coaching on Jan. 10 after 28 years of coaching, which included seven national championships and an overall record of 292-71-1 at the collegiate level.

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Saban told Davis, “I’m going to keep working.”

“I don’t want to get up in the morning and watch Netflix,” he said. “I want to do something … I’d probably like to do (broadcasting), but someone told me once you can’t start a broadcasting career at 80.”

In 2014, Herbstreit spoke about Saban’s post-retirement plans and said he expected Saban to become an analyst.

“Nick Saban will be on the set with us before he’s a coach in the NFL,” Herbstreit said at the time. “I really believe that after he’s done at Alabama, whenever that time is, whether it’s a year, five years, whatever it is, I really believe there’s an itch there about becoming an analyst.”

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