There’s a countdown clock for Nick Saban’s retirement across the country. There’s some thought, whether warranted or naive, that the rest of the college football world will have a better chance to win a national championship when the greatest head coach in the game steps down.

Unfortunately for everyone outside of Tuscaloosa, Saban has no desire to retire for some time. He plans to continue to lead Alabama for the foreseeable future.

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When he got on the topic of retirement while speaking in front of a group of coaches last month, Saban pointed to the challenges he faces in coaching that keep him going.

“Everybody asks me when I wanna retire. Retire from what?” Saban said, per Charlie Potter of 247Sports. “I’m going to jump into an empty abyss, aight, of what am I going to do? The very challenges that I talk about and the things in our profession that concern me – for you and me both, in your game and our game – that’s what keeps me going. That’s why I get up every day. That’s why I can’t sleep at night sometimes. So why would you quit doing that? I haven’t figured that one out yet.”

Saban, 70, appears to have perfected the craft at coaching at the collegiate level — or as close as anyone can come to it. He’s won 7 national championships, 10 SEC titles, is a 5-time SEC Coach of the Year and 2-time National Coach of the Year.

Despite all the accolades, Saban isn’t showing any interest in slowing down.