Despite being linked to other jobs every offseason, Nick Saban has maintained that Alabama is the final stop in his coaching career. Saban is heading into his seventh year as Alabama’s head coach and from all accounts, he’s pretty comfortable with his on the field pursuits in Tuscaloosa.
As for his off the field pursuits in the state of Alabama, it seems that Saban is becoming comfortable in those as well as he and his business partner are set to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in a Birmingham suburb.
Saban and his business partner had been planning to open the dealership for over a year now, but a lawsuit was filed to block the dealership. A settlement has been reached which a cleared the way for the dealership to open.
Hoover Crown Automobile Co. and Mercedes-Benz USA have settled the lawsuit Crown had filed last year seeking to stop Mercedes from granting a new dealership in Irondale to University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and his business partner.
Attorneys would not comment on terms of the settlement or what, if anything, it might mean to the proposed Irondale project. But Irondale’s mayor says today that while he doesn’t have it in writing yet, the project is still on and planning is underway for a road to the new dealership.
Robert S. Plott, attorney for Saban and his business partner, Joe Agresti released this statement around 1:30 p.m. today also confirming the project is still alive:
“As reported, Mercedes-Benz USA and Crown Automobile Co. have settled the lawsuit filed by Crown last year which sought to prevent the opening of a new Mercedes dealership by Nick Saban and Joe Agresti. The terms of the settlement are confidential and we are not at liberty to discuss in more detail. It remains the case that Coach Saban and Mr. Agresti have a letter agreement with Mercedes-Benz to own a dealership in the Birmingham market and they are excited about the future of Mercedes in Alabama. The original plan to locate the dealership in Irondale has not changed and we continue to work with City leaders to facilitate that development.”
With the dealership a go, the door is now open for all the “Alabama players driving Mercedes” jokes to start flowing.