Posted September 19, 2013

Report: University of Texas regent contacted Nick Saban’s agent in January

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A University of Texas regent reportedly spoke with Nick Saban’s agent in January. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

A University of Texas regent and a former regent spoke with Alabama coach Nick Saban’s agent regarding Saban’s interest in potentially replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, the Associated Press reports.

According to the AP’s Jim Vertuno, Texas regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks spoke with Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, a few days after the Crimson Tide’s BCS title win over Notre Dame on Jan. 7. Two days after the call, Hicks had lunch with Brown and asked if the coach had any interest in retiring. Brown declined and the matter was dropped.

Texas went 69-9 from 2004-09 and won the 2005 BCS national title, but has gone just 23-16 since the start of the 2010 campaign. The ‘Horns are currently 1-2 this season with losses to BYU and Ole Miss.

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Brown’s contract runs through 2020, and he has said that he plans on coaching for the remainder of his deal, which pays him $5.4 million this season, his 16th in Austin. Saban earns $5.6 million at Alabama.

The AP’s report is uncertain as to how the conversation between Hall and Sexton came about:

Whether Sexton initiated the contact with Texas is unclear. He did not return a telephone message from the AP on Thursday. Alabama spokesman Jeff Turinton also declined comment.

Hall said a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton.

Hall told the AP that once Brown insisted that he was not ready to retire, Texas did not contact Sexton any further.

On Thursday night, Saban denied any contact with Texas or any interest in leaving Alabama. From AL.com:

“Nothing went on that I know of. I don’t know about any of this stuff,” Saban said. “I haven’t talked to anybody about that particular situation. They have a coach there.”

[...]

“Every year it’s something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns,” Saban said. “The year before that it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We’re really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here.”

[...]

“And, quite frankly,” Saban said, “I’m just too damn old to start over somewhere else.”

33 comments
Aggie81
Aggie81

Forget the Longhorn Network, it has some of the lowest ratings of most Sports only programming.  It was also a BIG item of contention with Nebraska and A&M leaving the Big XII. Most cable,satellite, and other providers would rather not carry the channel.  That's why I believe the SEC channel will be highly successful next year focusing on a conference rather than an individual team.

As far as money, the pockets at Texas are very deep and could beat any thing that Alabama offers; they might even include "mineral rights" to an oil well.  

Alabama has the "ELITE" prestige and rewriting of history in forming a college football dynasty.  If Saban is the man I believe he is, he will stay at Bama.


andymaxo
andymaxo

Why in the name of hell, would ANYBODY - especially Nick Saban - want to move to fricking Texas? What a warped theory that would be, wouldn't it? You sit up top of the heap and you decide to move to the bottom for no good reason? Why?

Coach Saban and his wife Terry aren't going to move to Texas. Period. The thought alone is repugnant and punk-based.

And when he says what he does to the cameras, he means it, and nobody can "LIE-UP" a big fat lie that he doesn't!

alonzolhoward
alonzolhoward

@SInow Nick Saban can say what he wants to the cameras, but if Texas offers him .10 more per year on his contract, he's packing!

JamesTeasdale
JamesTeasdale

Nick's creating history at Bama. He's won 3 NCs in half the time it took Bear Bryant. This is about more than money. Frankly there isn't enough money in the state of Texas to make him and his wife Teri move out of Title Town, Alabama....

SenorPlaid
SenorPlaid

And as we all know, when it comes to job offers, Nick Saban is a man of his word.

tbennett76
tbennett76

Alabama is the premier program in the country.  You don't leave the mountain to make camp at base.

tbennett76
tbennett76

Won't happen.  Texas is now 2nd fiddle in the state to the Aggies.  That is not changing anytime soon.  This has more to do with the SEC being more prominent than the Big 12 than the quality of life.  It would be like being silly enough to leave the Cardinals to be an Angel.  What are the odds two people could be so silly?

Daniel19
Daniel19

Saban said he's not going anywhere, perfectly happy at Alabama etc. I seem to remember him saying the same at LSU. Then saying the same a year later in Miami. Just sayin....

Sports#1
Sports#1

Mack Brown is History at Texas! ...So is Deloss Dodds! 

As a Texas Longhorn myself, it is Long Over Due!


Oliver Luck would be a Fantastic Athletic Director & Art Briles is a Excellent choice for Head Coach!

The Texas Longhorn Football Program is "Broken" and Mack Brown needs to "Retire"with "Grace."

Current Meetings are Currently "Ongoing" to "Replace" Dodds & Brown! 

And "Yes" - Saban will become Longhorn Head Coach for $10 million a Year! ...That's is Saban's Asking Price to come to Texas! 

This Sports Illustrated article is "Old" News! ...Get Current and Report the Latest News concerning the Texas Longhorns!


leehwgoc
leehwgoc

It's cute that some Texas regents actually entertained the notion that their head-coaching job would be preferable to Bama's.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

Does Saban and Kirby Smart have the same agent? Because it would make way more sense logistically and financially to pry him away. Saban ain't leaving Bama until his funeral.

mashley278
mashley278

Good luck with that Texas. He's been courted from just about every school and NFL team with a coach need, and he's stayed in Tuscaloosa. Only 2 ways Saban thinks of leaving: #1 Heavy sanctions coming (which would completely destroy his credibility, record, and legacy as a CFB coach) or #2 He can't get along with the new AD (but let's face it, he'll probably BE the AD in 10 years).

x72
x72

lol Texas you're too funny.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@tbennett76 Does Alabama have it's own network?  I didn't think so.  Texas > Alabama.  I also should point out Alabama lost it's coach to Texas A&M.

poppy321
poppy321

I totally agree!. Saban also said he would not leave Miami to go to Bama but he did. Money talks and Texas has more than enough. See you at Texas Saban!

Daniel19
Daniel19

@BryanCustard  I remember in the not to distant past, LSU fans saying the exact same thing about Saban never leaving LSU....

AlanHeuser
AlanHeuser

@mystafugee @tbennett76 Does Texas have 9 national championships since 1960? (not counting the '73 UPI before bowl they lost)  Does Texas have 3 national championships in the last 4 years?  Alabama > Texas.

Although it is nice that Texas has it's own network so that fans can watch replays of the Longhorn's latest loss, in between thrilling coverage of men's bowling team. practice.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@mystafugee You are referencing Dennis Franchione?   Good one.   Do you really believe that he thought that he was taking a step up the job ladder with that move?   Another good one.   He was not willing to stay through the probation and loss of scholarships that Alabama was facing.   He jumped ship.  

DavidandTracyAgee
DavidandTracyAgee

@JoeCabot @mystafugee Joe is absolutely correct.  Now if we want to talk about coaches leaving for other schools I think "Mama calling" is a good place to start.  Anyone ever heard of some coach named Bear Bryant...

tbennett76
tbennett76

@mystafugee @JoeCabot I love the Aggies.  I want to graduate with my Masters from there.  But there is no way on earth any credible person could refer to that as a lateral move, not for football.  Baseball maybe, or even an upgrade but not football.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@JoeCabot @mystafugee Not a step but a lateral move.  Saban came to 'Bama cause they threw a bunch of money at him but mainly cause he realized he sucked when competing against the men and had to turn tail and return to the boys (and get a nice payday).