Nick Saban Reveals How Painfully Grueling Being A College Coach Can Be

Nick Saban stands on the field before an Alabama football game.

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Nick Saban is one of the hardest workers in college football. The national championship winning coach has been in the game for five decades, landing his first head coaching role in 1990.

He’s now won more titles than anyone in the history of the sport, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. This week, Saban filled fans in on just how often he and his staff are in the office.

Now, everyone knows that the life of a coach is a hectic one. Recruiting trips, on-campus visits, practice, film study, not to mention gameday.

With the introduction of NIL and the transfer portal, those recruiting responsibilities have grown even more. And don’t get me wrong, they’re paid handsomely for the work that they put in.

But just how often does that coaching staff find itself either on the road or in the office? Nick Saban kept count this past year, and it might surprise you.

Alabama’s fearless leader spoke with SEC Network correspondent Peter Burns on Sirius XM, telling him that the staff worked 44 (!) seven-day weeks.

Talk about no time off.

That means you have just eight weeks where you have at least one day off, presumably during the summer.

Coach Saban is likely putting as much work as possible as he looks to get the Tide back on top. After winning three national title matchups and appearing in two more between 2015 and 2020, Bama has taken a back seat to SEC rival Georgia.

The Tide may or may not be holding that championship trophy at the end of next season, but if not, it won’t be for a lack of effort.