Nick Saban seemingly surprised his daughter, Kristen Saban Setas, with the timing of his retirement announcement. Kristen, who turned 33 recently, expressed her gratitude and emotions on her Instagram story, stating that she’ll share more thoughts later.
She highlighted football as a significant part of her life and thanked everyone for their messages and love.
Kristen posted her statement after landing, likely in Orlando, having recently been in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. She and her family were en route to Disney.
Reports from a local comedian and podcast host, Matt Mitchell, who was on a flight with Kristen after the news broke, suggest that she knew about her father’s retirement but was unaware of the specific timing. The unexpected announcement caught her off-guard while preparing for the family trip.
She also took to Instagram to share her “Bittersweet” thoughts:
The situation adds a humorous touch to the story, suggesting that the 72-year-old coaching legend, Nick Saban, didn’t inform his own daughter about his retirement plans. Whether intentional or not, it aligns with Saban’s reputation for marching to the beat of his own drum.
The swift response from Alabama indicates that the news might not have been scheduled for Wednesday, potentially suggesting that Saban went rogue and didn’t inform even his daughter about the decision.