Many have wondered whether Nick Saban would get bored of dominating at Alabama and give the NFL another shot after failing with the Miami Dolphins years ago. Apparently, Saban came pretty close to becoming the New York Giants head coach.
Actor Tom Arnold went on The Paul Finebaum Show to tell the tale of how Saban nearly took the Giants job after Tom Coughlin was relieved of his duties. Arnold, who is friends with Giants owner Steve Tisch, said Saban showed interest in the gig just before the Giants promoted offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
“Our friend that owns the Giants told me that when they had to let their coach go, Tom Coughlin, and they’re hiring the new coach and it was a very uncomfortable weekend. And in the middle of it they get a call from Nick Saban, he’s interested in the Giants job. Now this is a fact,” Arnold said.
“And they said, ‘Well we need to know right now. You have three hours to let us know if he’s really interested because we’re hiring this other coach to be the head coach. And they said ‘Well Nick has to talk to his wife.'”
Finebaum followed up by verifying that this happened after last season. Arnold confirmed that was the case and said Saban came calling as the team was trying to peacefully part ways with Coughlin and seamlessly hire McAdoo. Then, lawyer and boxing promoter Bob Arum called informing the team Saban wanted the job.
In between dominant eras at LSU and now Alabama, Saban had an unsuccessful stint with the Dolphins, during which he went 15-17 in two seasons before leaving Miami for Alabama in 2007.
Saban is still dominating at Alabama and the Giants will have to settle for McAdoo, who has the Giants at 4-3.