MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- In his most definitive statements yet about his coaching future at Alabama, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Saturday he has "no unfinished business" in the NFL and that at this time coaching in the league is "not something I want to do."
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Saban made the comments in response to questions at the BCS media day at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, site of Monday's national championship game where Saban's No. 2-ranked Alabama team faces No. 1 Notre Dame.
Sun Life was the home stadium for the Miami Dolphins, whom Saban coached in his previous stint in the NFL. Late in his two-year tenure (2005-06), Saban insisted he would not coach at Alabama -- shortly before accepting the Crimson Tide job.
That reversal makes Saban's words on his future always subject to speculation and doubt, and he carefully parsed his statements Saturday with clear references to the Tide's task at hand.
Saban can win his second consecutive championship and third title in four years at Alabama on Monday night with a win over the Fighting Irish.
The coach, seeming much at ease, talked of wanting to be happy in his job and the desire to be in a position to both positively affect the young men he coaches and his community. He also said he often sees coaches in other jobs "on television and I wonder if they are happy."