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Source: Alabama’s Nick Saban won’t be coaching Giants

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Credit: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann

The flirtatious relationship between Nick Saban and the Giants may be back in the “exchanging longing glances” phase, but a source told Newsday that Saban will not be the Giants’ next coach.

“No way,” the source said.

Saban was a candidate for the Giants’ job in 1997 when the team hired Jim Fassel, in 2004 when the team hired Tom Coughlin, and reportedly expressed interest in the position in 2016 right before the Giants hired Ben McAdoo. Saban finished his 11th season at Alabama on Monday night with his sixth national championship. With little left to accomplish at the college level, there is speculation that Saban, 66, might look for a return to the NFL.

And not just from the media.

“There’s a job he covets and it just happens to be open,” former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday on Fox Sports, later saying that it is the Giants gig. “Why he would do it, I don’t know, but it would not shock me if he did.”

Arians was asked why the Giants in particular intrigue Saban. “Because they’re the New York Giants,” he said. “When we grew up, they were the thing.”

Saban coached the Dolphins in 2005 and 2006.

The Giants have interviewed five candidates and will meet with a sixth Wednesday. There also have been rumblings (publicly denied by the Patriots parties involved) that Bill Belichick could be interested in the Giants’ job.

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