Auburn football fans were probably elated at Saturday Down South’s Twitter account’s proclamation that the college football coaching GOAT was finally hanging it up after a 49-year career on the sidelines.
Then they remembered what day it was. Got ’em.
Of course, April 1st is April Fools’ Day, and Nick Saban will remain the Alabama Crimson Tide head coach until at least February 2029 barring unforeseen changes.
Some Tiger fans were duped, some were not, but all were not amused:
Auburn football will be held back by Nick Saban as long as he is Alabama HC
It’s no secret that Nick Saban is the greatest individual roadblock to Auburn becoming a consistent powerhouse on the gridiron because of the recruiting edge the Crimson Tide have established in the Yellowhammer State.
With Bryan Harsin heading the Tigers’ recruiting efforts in particular, given his Pacific Northwest routes and lack of rapport he has with local high school football coaches, the gap is even wider.
As long as Saban is the highest-paid federal employee in the state of Alabama, Auburn will be behind the 8-ball when building a roster and becoming the state’s premiere pigskin program, who is now the two-time defending SEC Champions after upsetting Georgia in the SEC title game this past December.
If/when Saban continues to show why he is the household name he is, Auburn football will continue to have college football’s greatest antagonist in their home state.
And that’s not an April Fools’ joke, either.