Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Facts & Fiction: Nick Saban and Giants' Search

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Facts & Fiction: Nick Saban and Giants' Search

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Tom Arnold - yes, the actor - and Bob Arum - yes, the boxing promoter - fueled speculation two years ago that Alabama's Nick Saban made an eleventh-hour play to become head coach of the New York Giants.

With the job open again, recently retired Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians tossed some gas on the flame still burning for some yearning for Saban-to-Giants rumors during a radio interview Tuesday.

Arians never coached with Saban, but he has ties to Alabama (he was the running backs coach there in 1981-82 and the offensive coordinator in 1997).

Asked Tuesday on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" if Saban would consider returning to the NFL, the Paterson-born Arians said: "It would not surprise me. And there's a job he covets. It just happens to be open. But he's got a dynasty right now, another dynamite recruiting class. Why he would do it, I don't know, but it wouldn't shock me if he did."

Arians went on to confirm he was referring to the Giants.

When asked if there was any reason to believe Saban has interest in the Giants, or vice versa, a source told The Record and NorthJersey.com: "No way. Not happening."

Saban, 66, closed out his 11th season at Alabama on Monday night with his sixth national championship.

He has had two previous stints in the NFL: defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns from 1991-94 and head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06.

He went 15-17 in two seasons in Miami and his style rubbed a lot of people the wrong way at the professional level.

The rumored connection with the Giants is not new. While he was at Michigan State, Saban was a candidate for the Giants' job in 1997 when the team hired Jim Fassel. He was at LSU in 2004 and was considered a candidate again when the job went to Tom Coughlin.

Two years ago, after the Giants hired Ben McAdoo, Arum relayed a story from Arnold - believed to be a friend of Giants co-owner Steve Tisch from their ties in Hollywood - that indicated Saban reached out through intermediaries to let the Giants know he was interested. …

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