In an interview with Steve Greenberg of The Sporting News, Saban was particularly Saban-esque in explaining his noble intentions in lying about not taking the Alabama job: He was doing it for the players! For the good of the team!
“Well, honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character,” Saban told The Sporting News. “Those are words that we use all the time. I think that in an effort to protect our team at Miami — because I had not talked to Alabama and did not talk to them until the season ended — I express that (character is important) to (Alabama) through my agent and said it was up to them whether they wanted to wait and that I would not make any promises. I would talk to them then, [and] I would only reassess my circumstances and our situation as a family at the end of the year.