ATLANTA (WSFA) - SEC Media Days number 17 for Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, and his twelfth as the head coach of the Tide.
"Always something that I look forward to, and it always signals the start, to me, of the college football season, which is always very exciting. You know, it means that practice is right around the corner. August 2nd reporting date for us, August 3rd starts practice. The home opener is not far away, and this year, our home opener is to play Louisville in the Camping World Kickoff classic in Orlando," Saban said.
One of the big decisions Saban will make in 2018 is naming a starting quarterback. Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa both bring a lot to the table.
Saban quickly addressed the quarterback topic in his opening statement in Atlanta.
"I think the number one thing that you will want to talk about is the quarterback controversy that you'd love to create, that you've already created, that you will continue to create, and I will tell you the same thing exists there. It's still to be determined as to who is going to play quarterback for Alabama. So you can ask all of the questions about it, but it's still to be determined. Tua basically missed spring practice due to an injury. Jalen had a good spring. Both guys had great summers, and we'll just have to see who wins the team in fall camp. So, we'll see," Saban said.
Whoever is under center for the Tide on Sept. 1 against Louisville will be trying to lead the Tide to their sixth national championship under Saban. The 66-year-old coach also has a championship ring with LSU in 2003.
So just how long does Saban plan to roll along on the sidelines?
"Mrs. Terry does not want me at home. I can tell you that. She doesn't care if I'm 60, 70 or 80. So, she's looking for something for me to do. Now, I really enjoy what I'm doing right now, and as long as I'm healthy and I can do it, I'm going to continue to do it and not worry about any numbers or what my age is or anything like that. But I would not want to be in the position where I ever rode the program down because I wasn't capable of making a contribution that would be positive to the success of the program. So I'm going to continue to do this for as long as I feel like I can make a positive contribution and as long as I feel healthy enough to do it," Saban explained.
Mike Locksley takes over as the offensive coordinator for the Tide and Tosh Lupoi inherits the defensive coordinator job left open after Jeremy Pruitt was hired at Tennessee.
Alabama returns seven starters on offense and three on defense and the road to another national championship begins against Louisville.
"Nobody is looking backwards, we're all looking forward to whether we can get this team to develop the characteristics they need to have a chance to reach their full potential and be successful," Saban stated.
Alabama's season opener with Louisville is the Camping World Kickoff Game in Orlando. The Tide's first home game is Sept. 8 against Arkansas State.