TUSCALOOSA — Turns out not even hip replacement can slow down Nick Saban.
Alabama’s stubborn 67-year-old head football coach was back at work bright and early Wednesday morning, arriving at the Mal Moore Athletic Complex less than 48 hours after having his “bothersome” right hip replaced Monday afternoon. The procedure was performed by renown hip specialist Dr. Benton Emblom and Crimson Tide team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham late Monday, after Saban got in a morning round of golf, according to the Tuscaloosa News.
“I had one day on the walker,” Saban told Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News on Wednesday morning. “Now I’m on the cane. I’ll probably throw that son-of-a-b**** away tomorrow.
“Right now, they have me doing 10 different isometric exercises four times a day,” he added. “We will continue that for three or four days and go from there.”
In a one-paragraph statement released Monday afternoon by the team, Cain said doctors expect Saban to make “a full recovery” and “should be able to return to work in the very near future.”
For Saban, “the very near future” meant Wednesday.
“I think in two weeks, I will be 100 percent,” he told the Tuscaloosa News. “They won’t let me play golf for six weeks for some reason, but I am going to try and get that reduced.”
Given his condition, Saban remains limited with regard to his travel, and thus won’t be able to attend the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday in Nashville, as originally anticipated. Former Alabama running backs coach and assistant athletics director for football Burton Burns will attend the draft in Saban’s place, according to the Tuscaloosa News.
“I spent one night in the hospital, was home the next day and got some rest and came in today. I’ve got a lot of work to do.”