Alabama football coach Nick Saban underwent success hip replacement surgery Monday and doctors expect him to be back at work "in the very near future."
"Coach Saban underwent successful robotic assisted right hip replacement surgery this afternoon with our hip specialist, Dr. Benton Emblom and the team at Andrews Sports Medicine," team surgeon Lyle Cain of the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, said in a statement released by the team Monday evening. "Coach is resting comfortably and we anticipate a full recovery.
"He should be able to return to work in the very near future, and we'll have him back out on the golf course, with hopefully a few more yards off the tee, as soon as possible."
Saban, 67, said ahead of the surgery that he was having the hip replaced because he wants to coach "for a lot of more years" and he "doesn't want to be in position where" he can't do that.
"If I was a normal guy, I would wait and not do this right now," Saban told USA Today. "Whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive to try and get it taken care of. We'll certainly do that, and we've got really good people to do it."