Saban to coach as long as he can do 'good job'

Alabama Crimson Tide players celebrate beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes Benz Stadium

Will the Big Ten be back in the College Football Playoff next year?

Shortly after the Crimson Tide posted a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff Championship Game, Saban was asked about his coaching plans.

The sports network has now televised all 10 of the most-watched cable telecasts in history, including Ohio State's victory over OR in the first ever College Football Playoff championship in 2015, a game that claimed the largest audience in cable history. I thought the game was pretty good although I didn't want Alabama to win. But the Tide got its revenge in OT in jaw-dropping fashion. But instead, Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith with a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the game on the next play.

Add another line to Justin Thomas's resume: when he calls, Nick Saban answers. Turns out, your ears weren't deceiving you. We ended up winning the game 28-14.

While early on it looked like the Bulldogs had Alabama's number, a crucial quarterback change at the half seemed to be the deciding factor.

The rest of the world may view Saban as a bully in Alabama coaching gear, but he is one of the smartest leaders college football has ever known, and he has the hardware to prove it.

Hawaii celebrates: When freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench and led Alabama to the national title, it set off a celebration in his native Hawaii.

American learned Monday night what his coach already knew - Tagovailoa 's name is worth remembering.

"I just love seeing, you know, people excited". After a quick three-and-out with the first series under Tagovailoa featured a QB run, quick pass to the flat to a tight end and a sack, Brian Daboll opened up the playbook. As easily as Alabama moved the ball, it was vital that they do the same on their next possession to push the lead back out to two scores.

"We've definitely got what it takes to come back", wide receiver Mecole Hardman said.

When asked where he would rank Saban's accomplishments all-time, Fisher wasn't ready to make any big declarations. "I'm very proud of this team and this university, and we're not going anywhere". His record as the Alabama starter was 25-2. "Thank God he found me and we're here right now". After Tagovailoa's one really awful throw, one that caused an interception, Fromm threw a ball that bounced off a helmet and ended up in the hands of Alabama's Raekwon Davis. With the win against Georgia head coach - and former Alabama assistant - Kirby Smart, Saban improves to 12-0 against his former staffers in his tenure as Alabama's head coach. Georgia wasn't going to drive down the field and put this game away.

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