The questions were bound to come. As soon as Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retired Wednesday afternoon, the questions were coming for Nick Saban.

Saban, who is nearly 9 years older than Stoops, said he’ll coach as long as his health holds. Saban spoke with┬áreporters at his annual Nick’s Kids charity golf tournament at Old Overton on Thursday.

“As long as I feel good, I love doing it,” Saban said. “I’ve said this before. I’ve been a part of a team since I was 9 years old, and it scares me to death to figure what it’s going to be like when I’m not a part of a team.

“As long as I feel healthy and I can do it, we certainly have every intention of trying to do it. If I felt like I couldn’t do it to the standard that I want to do it then I think that would be time not to do it. But I certainly don’t feel like that’s any time soon.”

Fresh off a new contact extension that runs through the 2024 season (made official in May), Saban shows no signs of slowing down.

“I don’t think that anybody can not have those thoughts,” Saban said “But my thought it that I want to do it as long as I feel like I can do it. I really enjoy being around the players. I really enjoy trying to create value for them and their future whether it’s their personal development, seeing them graduate, seeing them develop as football players and have opportunities in life.

“I think we do it as well at Alabama because of the team that we have as any place, and I’m really proud of that.”

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