Alabama coach Nick Saban has won four of the last seven national championships and reeled in six straight signing classes ranked by ESPN among the top two in the country, but he's also seeing new resistance for the first time.

Saban, who will turn 65 in October, told ESPN.com that people are starting to use his age against him on the recruiting trail.

"I'm not looking to get out. I'm really not, even though I know that's going to start being talked about more now," said Saban, who's entering his 10th season at Alabama. "What I have noticed is that it's the first time people are starting to say to recruits, 'He won't be there the whole time you're there,' because of my age. Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don't know. But if it did, it would make you say, 'Well, what's up with this?' My philosophy is that I'm going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program."

Saban said immediately after winning his fifth overall national championship in January with the 45-40 win over Clemson that he was focused on the future at Alabama and not retirement. He maintained that stance Monday to ESPN.com, but he conceded that it's "something that's going to be out there."