The college football world received bombshell news Wednesday night that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is retiring, according to multiple reports. 

Saban, the head coach at Alabama for 17 seasons, has yet to comment after the reports. 

As college football continues to undergo massive changes — conference realignment, the transfer portal and name, image and likeness (NIL) — one of Saban’s colleagues and friends, Deion Sanders, weighed in. 

ALABAMA’S NICK SABAN RETIRING AS FOOTBALL COACH

“WOW! College Football just lost the GOAT to retirement,” Sanders posted to X. “WOW! I knew it would happen 1 day soon but not this soon. The game has change so much that it chased the GOAT away. College football let’s hold up our mirrors and say HONESTLY what u see.”

Sanders has used the new rules of college football to his advantage, completely overhauling the roster at Colorado in his first season. 

After being hired in December 2022, Sanders turned to the portal to infuse the roster with talent after a 1-11 campaign. Colorado went 4-8 in Sanders’ first season, losing its last six games to end the year. 

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College football will see even more changes in 2024 as the College Football Playoff moves from a four-team playoff to a 12-team model. 

The SEC will welcome Texas and Oklahoma, while the Pac-12 will be a shell of itself. The “Conference of Champions” will see 10 of its 12 members depart to the Big Ten, Big 12 or ACC in 2024, and Oregon State and Washington State will attempt to keep the conference afloat. 

Saban, 72, departs college football as the greatest coach in the history of the sport after winning seven national championships. 

As head coach of Alabama, Saban brought six national championships and 13 SEC titles to Tuscaloosa while going 206-29. 

In his 28 years as a head coach, which included stops at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU, Saban never had a losing season.