Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban leaves the field following warmups before their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Nick Saban says he regrets leaving LSU

Saban tells newspaper he shouldn't have left college football

Amos Morale III
September 19, 2019 - 4:47 pm

Nick Saban was announced as a 2020 inductee in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this week.

Saban is earning the honor because of the impact he had during his five years as the head coach of the LSU Tigers. Saban coached in Baton Rouge from 2000-04 before departing for the head position with the Miami Dolphins. But according to a report from the Daily Advertiser, the current Alabama coach wishes he'd never left LSU for the NFL.  

"As it turns out, what I learned from that experience in hindsight was, it was a huge mistake to leave college football," Saban told the Daily Advertiser. "And I know a lot of LSU fans think I left for whatever reasons, but I left because I wanted to be a pro coach, or thought I wanted to be a pro coach. We loved LSU. We worked hard to build the program. If there was one thing professionally that I would do over again, it would've been not to leave LSU."

During his tenure as LSU's coach, Saban led the Tigers to a BCS national title in 2003.

He spent two seasons with the Dolphins after leaving LSU in 2005. He was then hired as the head coach at Alabama where he's won five national championships.


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