The myth of the college football family has nothing to do with love.

Three men holding football jersey.  Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Nick Saban’s departure from Alabama shocked me as a football fan. But as an anthropologist and ethnographer, I was more concerned with what the news meant for the players. 

Only a few days after the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship game, head coach Nick Saban announced his retirement from his post at the University of Alabama. Saban’s successor was announced the next day when the public learned University of Washington’s Kalen DeBoer, fresh off a loss in the national title game, would lead the Crimson Tide. 

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