The four words Alabama football fans have never wanted to hear ― and every other college football supporter has badly sought for years ― are real. No one can escape time, but as Saban continued to win for 17 seasons and added national championships across eras, he almost seemed like he might be the exception. The question of when he would finally call it a career always permeated college football discourse, yet Saban kept going.

Even the greatest of dynasties end eventually, though. Saban is retiring, sources tell The Tuscaloosa News. Saban, 72, informed the team Wednesday.

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