Nick Saban COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide waits on the sidelines during the first half of their game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 17, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Nick Saban retired from his job as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide on Wednesday. Saban decided to ride into the sunset after an incredible 17-year run in Tuscaloosa and a remarkable collegiate coaching career.

ESPN was the first to report the news of Saban’s retirement. Chris Low had the honor and distinction of rolling the report out.

Naturally, an outpouring followed. Low’s tweet quickly got a lot of traction online, with hundreds and thousands diving in.

Several media members were also among those quick to react. Considering that Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (also 72) was in the news as well for his exit in Seattle, it was a very busy day.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly was one of several who were in “see it to believe it” mode about this stunning news.

Jim Harbaugh is no longer the most famous coach in the news, and his saga is no longer the most interesting in the sport, as Sports Illustrated‘s Pat Forde said.

And, just like us, Jemele Hill posed the question of whether Saban is media-bound.

You don’t often get many moments where everything just “stands still.” Nick Saban is a powerful enough figure in the sports world that after the news broke, it was quite something to watch everyone just react. Saban retiring felt like something that could always happen… you just never know when.

Well, now we do. The effect that Saban’s retirement will have on the sport is yet to be seen. But he leaves the game as one of the greatest coaches ever and one of the most visible figures the sport’s ever seen. That indelible mark really took shape on Wednesday after the big news.

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