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Nick Saban will return to coach the Spartans in 1998.
Jan. 1, 1998

Saban Ends NFL Speculation

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head football coach Nick Saban ended all speculation about his coaching future Thursday by announcing his intention to coach the Spartans in 1998 and beyond. Indianapolis TV station WTHR had been reporting for the last two days that Saban was about to sign a contract to coach the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

"I honestly don't have a lot more to say than I did last week in Honolulu," Saban said. "I knew it was just a matter of time before the NFL coaching rumors began to circulate. I have the job that I want as head football coach at Michigan State and I will coach this team in 1998.

"The University has made a long-term commitment to the football program and I have some definite goals and objectives for this program. I feel good about the progress we've made in the first three seasons but there's a lot left to accomplish here at Michigan State.

"I know that there isn't a lot of new information here but I felt it was important to put these rumors to rest. People want to speculate about the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills and I'm sure there will be other openings but I'm not leaving Michigan State for the NFL."

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