Posted September 21, 2013

Burnt orange Texas-themed “Saban 2014″ shirts are a thing that exist now

Nick Saban, Texas Longhorns

While it’s not quite “McConaughey 2014,” these shirts are really something. The odds of Nick Saban leaving Alabama for Texas are incredibly low, but that won’t stop Longhorns fans from hoping. And hope is important, even if it can’t help Texas’ defense stop the run.

49 comments
ROLL TIDE1
ROLL TIDE1

Saban will be the coach of Texas the day Tim Tebow has a bar mitzvah

Steve109
Steve109

Texas is the 3rd best team in Texas right now followed by Texas A&M and Baylor.  Just saying!

cooldela1966
cooldela1966

Texas needs a coach who can fire up the fans.  Seems to me that lately Texas has been a rather blah team.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Listening to BAMA and HORNS fans argue this out is like a lunatic arguing with himself in the mirror. Very telling that both sides think its all about money. Saban already has more $ than he could ever spend, and would pull top dollar at most any major university he could pick from. If he has any standards at all (other than ego), the only thing really luring him would be the chance to prove he can win anywhere. If so, he'd likely move to another conference to convert a whole new geographical following. Texas could do that for him, but so could other majors like Ohio St or USC or such. His legacy is all he truly cares about.

He could pick a non-major to really prove he's the best ever... (wait for it)... hahaha had you going there... he'd never go anywhere he didn't have a huge recruiting advantage and power base. The Great Sabantini does not build winners up from nothing... he merely polishes/shapes the biggest uncut diamonds.

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

Npt a Texas fan, funny how everyone can speak for Nick Saban.  Its a Business, if Texas pays him more money and  he'll have an easier time in the B12, why wouldn't he?  I don't know one way or the other just like anyone else.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

wont know till January till then. unless he just wants new challenge i'm sure tide will match any offer longhorns throw at him

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

And so it begins....this is either a media feeding-frenzy or season-long drama for no reason. Time will tel...

KidHorn
KidHorn

In a pure bidding war, Texas can pay more than bama. Their athletic department is the most profitable in the nation. Not saying Saban is going to UT for more money, just saying bama can't match any offer.

brighat
brighat

The only job in Texas Nick Saban wants is GM and head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Texas probably does need to take a new direction at head-coach, but Texas fans are naive bordering on delusional if they think Texas has any sort of plausible chance of luring Saban away from Bama.

Bama > Texas as a head-coaching gig in every measurable way.  It's that simple.

Bama had to trot out a bus-load of additional program and community perks to Saban in order to get him to leave the Dolphins. Saban's sweet gig with Bama is a lot sweeter for a lot more than just the money (which is also gaudy).  He's basically a living god on campus.  His authority over the football program is absolute.  Bama truly went all in with their offer to Saban, and took every measure to effectively make Saban their new Bear Bryant, and it's worked, and working.  

Would Texas be willing to offer Saban the same thing?  Truly *unconditional* control of the program?  

Maybe if Bama gets in major NCAA trouble Saban would consider going back to the NFL, but I just don't see him ever coaching for any other college team at this point.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

This will NEVER happen.  Bama can pay Saban more money AND being in the SEC almost gives him the rights to a NC game every year.  As for anyone who says Texas can pony up more dough maybe but he left a really good paying NFL job to go back to being the KING of College FB.  No chance he leaves to go to an inferior program.

longhornderek
longhornderek

@houstoncoen I'm in favor of him coming here next year, but we currently have a coach. Think it's in poor taste to distract during season.

ianlinross
ianlinross

If Saban denies it, it must be true.

JoeZientek
JoeZientek

Typical fair-weather fan at texas.  Ninety percent never attended texas and even if they could, they would not be able to spell graduate.  They only are supportive when texas beats FCS teams by 60 points, and no where to be found when are clobbered  by teams in the Big12, especially Oklahoma.  They can certainly spell 'band wagon!'

joe6647
joe6647

Nick Saban said he is too old to start over at another school.  The thing is, Nick Saban kept saying he would never leave LSU, but he left them for the Miami Dolphins.  He also convinced people in Miami he was in it for the long haul.  Shorttly after he left the NFL for Alabama.  

Im not saying Nick Saban will leave Alabama, but I am pointing out what has happened in the past

abriancrawford
abriancrawford

@SInow that's why Texas is Texas. They can field a losing team and still be the biggest distraction the Tide experience all year.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@KidHorn you obviously don't know what football means in Alabama(do a google on the economic impact Saban has had on the entire state) or the lengths to which they will go to keep Saban there.Don't care how much cash UT has tide will match it if they have to borrow it.. Unless he just wants a new challenge he's not going anywhere, Saban has a realistic chance of collecting many more titles where he is now and retiring as one of the greatest ever. Don't know that  at his age, despite his history of  moving on, he plans on going anywhere but you never know. Well find out in Jan, till then

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

@leehwgoc

True statements. UA will match and then add to any offer UT makes for money anyway he basically can get a blank check if he wanted.. He is guaranteed to be they top or top 3 highest paid coach no mater what. Automatic raises if someone else makes more.But you are correct, he has 100% control of everything.

Mike26
Mike26

@MatthewEugeneHaag Alabama's population makes Texas's population look like Rhodes Scholars.  To really believe that Alabama is some utopia of any kind is silly and wrong.

Mike26
Mike26

@JoeZientek Um, the state of Alabama's educational system makes Texas's system look effective.  Best not to go in that direction.

Wesley7
Wesley7

@JoeZientek Best way to lure a coach? Show him how deeply you can turn on your current ones!

A few off seasons and they'll be doing this to him, too, if he went there.

Wesley7
Wesley7

@joe6647 Neither of those teams built him statues or just rebuilt their entire programs to his specifications. He's got everything he'd ever want where he is. Besides, he IS older now than he was. And it would take years to turn those teams around, if he could (without full buy-in and control, he may not be able to and I doubt Texas boosters and fans would be as willing as Alabama ones to give it to him).

Besides, at this point, he could fade at Bama and have 5 or six 9/10 win seasons and still go down beloved as one of the best coaches ever. He goes somewhere else and does the same and people will forever ask why he couldn't turn the program he went to around and question him and his decisions. 

scATX
scATX

@Mlle_D right. That was just news. Surprised how quick the shirts were made.

Mike26
Mike26

@Wesley7 @joe6647 Texas would give him everything he had at Alabama and more - do you REALLY think that there's more money/control in Alabama then there would be at Texas?  

Wesley7
Wesley7

@Mike26  

100% yes.

I believe the money is a total non-issue. Alabama JUST rebuilt many facilities to state-of-the-art levels and there's not much more Texas could do to produce ones any better right now. As for salaries, Brown and Saban make almost identical salaries now (and a few years ago, Bama surpassed UT until they upped Brown's to be on top, so Bama's perfectly willing to pay top dollar).  UT may offer Saban half-a-million to a million more, which Bama can easily match, but it isn't like it is going to triple the man's pay to make sure Bama can't math them. He's not going from the highest paid coach in the nation at $5.5M to $15M; it just isn't going to happen. Any realistic salary forecast is easily matched. 

As for control--not a snowball's chance in hell Texas boosters, athletics, and fans give Saban the same degree of total control he has now in Alabama.


Plus, he's still have a number of issues that Brown has--like the Longhorn Network, which many think has hurt Texas more than helped them. And he won't be able to keep them out of certain practices, locker rooms, and other areas, contractually.

Maybe we'll do it for the challenge of trying to title at 3 schools, for personal reasons. Maybe he would prefer a big city to a small town (though I doubt that, being a small town boy who's own coaching record show's that his shortest stints have been in the biggest cities). But he will not do it on the premise that Texas will give him more than Bama has or could because that is ridiculous.

Daniel19
Daniel19

@scATX The news about his agent talking to UT...in January....just hit the news a day or so ago. So his agent talked to them 9 months ago. And he's still at Bama. That should tell you something. Do try to read the full articles...

Wesley7
Wesley7

@Mlle_D " a Fins fan said that's code for he's moving on"

What would be code for he's staying then? Saying that he's accepting the job?