Nick Saban Is Joining ESPN and College GameDay

Nick Saban made it all of one month into retirement before accepting a new job, as he's set to join ESPN as an analyst and member of College GameDay.

This doesn't really come as a surprise, though, as many had speculated TV would be Saban's next move whenever he decided to step away from coaching. Paul Finebaum surmised on Richard Deitsch's podcast a couple weeks ago that he thought Saban would actually enjoy calling games more than being a member of the GameDay crew, but it seems the latter is where we'll see Saban most often in his new job.

I think Saban is going to crush it on GameDay, honestly. He's seemed to mesh well with Pat McAfee when he made weekly appearances on Pat's show and now those two will be front and center on ESPN's premier college football program. It will be interesting to see how much of Saban's lighter side comes through now that he doesn't have his mind constantly on the next competition. I really think a lot of people are going to find they like him more than they thought.

Next season is going to be quite a trip for college football fans. We've got a 12-team Playoff, conference realignment and now Nick Saban at the College GameDay desk every Saturday morning instead of on the Alabama sideline. What a year it's going to be.