During a Wednesday appearance on Outkick's "Don't @ Me," U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) weighed in on his good friend and now-former University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban retiring from coaching earlier this month.

Tuberville praised Saban, who won seven national championships as head coach, as "the greatest college football coach of all time." The senator said he "kind of saw" the retirement coming.

"I kind of saw it coming," Tuberville told host Dan Dakich. "He never mentioned it, but he and I had been working on an NIL bill along with a lot of other coaches and ADs for the last couple of years, and he just got tired of it. It wasn't just NIL. I think he got to the point where he wanted to do maybe something else. He accomplished so much."

"And I hate to see him go from college sports. I think he will stay active in some way - I don't know what it is, but the success he had will never be duplicated in our lifetime anyway," he continued.

According to Tuberville, who noted he had a winning record against Saban, not enough can be said about what Saban meant to college football during his time coaching.

"He will be missed," he stated. "He will really be missed."

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