Posted November 05, 2013

Nick Saban’s agent: Texas is the ‘only school he would consider leaving Alabama for’

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With three titles under his belt at Alabama, could Nick Saban be looking for a change of scenery? (Ryan A. Miller/Icon SMI)

With three titles under his belt at Alabama, could Nick Saban be looking for a change of scenery? (Ryan A. Miller/Icon SMI)

Winter is coming. The AP’s Jim Vertuno is reporting Nick Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, let Texas officials know that Texas was the only job the Crimson Tide coach would “consider leaving Alabama for” in January. Sexton also said Saban was under “special pressure” because of the team’s recent success.

From the AP:

[Texas Regent Tom] Hicks detailed the call in a Sept. 24 email that was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press through an open-records request.

“Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him,” Hicks wrote.

Important to note:

Fire up your radios, get your message board typing fingers ready, buy a jumbo-sized pack of Little Debbies, and dig in. This thing isn’t going away. #Saban2014 is actually something more than a burnt-orange joke. May the college football overlords have mercy on all our souls.

50 comments
cughawley1
cughawley1

Saban is sure to take the money and run, he has a huge ego and would love to win national champions at three schools, he does not care about the schools that he leaves.  8 million a year will get him.  He will be Texas's coach in 2014, no matter what he says know, look at what he did at MSU, LSU and even the MIami Dolphins, he kept saying I am not leaving, but when seasons was over he bolted.  If I was a recruit committed to Alabama I would be looking elsewhere as to coaching staff at Alabama will be different next year.

Joey8
Joey8

Bye Bye Alabama,,, UT is prepared to pay him12 million a year.... He Gone!!!

BobDelConte
BobDelConte

He would be a fool to leave! He is creating a dynasty! Why leave? I am a Penn State fan, and I think that he has all the makings to be one of the greatest college coaches ever. Roll Tide! My cute Alabama wife made me say that! 

donald5
donald5

This from a Texas regent's email paraphrasing what an agent said (I'm pretty sure this isn't the first time in Sports Agent history where one said their client would never leave current team/school 'A' unless it was for you guys... you guys are the only ones).  I'm fairly certain that this regent is on record as wanting Brown pushed out as well.  I am also guessing that by releasing this quote, the pressure would be much greater on the Texas decision makers to actually force Brown out if the were told Saban was simply waiting in the wings.

A few possibilities and maybe a combination of them.

1) Saban would leave

2) Saban wouldn't leave but Sexton is trying to get his 10% on a huge contract extension at Bama

3) Texas regent is trying to put info out there that would cause the people in power to push Mack Brown out.

JeremyLindley
JeremyLindley

he is grandstanding to bleed more money out of Alabama!


6marK6
6marK6

As a longhorn alumnus and season ticket holder, nothing would make me more happy. But, I sense this is just Saban trying to get some more money on the back end from Alabama. 

madisel
madisel

What a joke - all this over a September 24 email that quote an early January conversation. Get real.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Nothing more than a pure money play, put the rumor out there and Alabama has to give him a raise, to funny, but that is how the game is played, he has total leverage right now, and dont talk about honoring a contract, that means nothing, I dont blame the guy, get what you can while you can.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

This makes sense from a football perspective.  Playing in the SEC is tough.  Sure Bama has been the best team for the last few years but other schools are right there with them each year.  If he goes to Texas, they would instantly dominate the Big 12.   Just like what Urban Meyer is doing at OSU.    Why stick around to play the hardest schedules in CFB when you can go to a conference thats a bit down and dominate all the way to the playoffs (nex year)    Who would rather play Nebraska, Oklahoma and Baylor  or LSU,  Auburn, A&M,  Georgia etc

p0rk9er
p0rk9er

His wife is on record as saying she loves Tuscaloosa and their current situation. And Alabama has plenty of money to still give out.

p0rk9er
p0rk9er

At least they got 3 national championships with him and most likely a fourth. It was a good run for Bama.

RTR
RTR

If he left Bama I would wish him the best and thank him immensely for having us at the top almost every year. Most coaches leave with the place in shambles.

Dont get me wrong, please stay!!!!, but reality is we are on top of the football world. 

TwitSpif
TwitSpif

If Nick leaves Alabama early, will he still complain about students leaving early? Yeah, probably. 

Jerry11
Jerry11

What a circus college sports have become.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

Sounds like Nick should muzzle his agent.  Does anyone really think he's going anywhere after the 60 Minutes show?  "There is no University of Mars out there"  He regrets saying he was not taking the Alabama job because it compromised his integrity.  Not gonna happen folks.

Blinker
Blinker

Flash the cash and Saban is gone.  He has already proved again and again it's all about the money.  No loyalty to ANY program.  Just watch........

PhillipJacobs
PhillipJacobs

Alabama  fans.....DONT  BE  FOOLED  and  think  he  wont  do  it......He  left  us  at  LSU  in  the  same  fashion...He  deserves  credit  for  building  a  top  notch  program  before  he  left  , FACILITIES  AND  RECRUITS......So  LSU  fans  should  really  be  grateful.....But  this  man  has  NO  LOYALTY ( MICH ST...LSU  ...DOLPHINS )  and  will  lie  like  a  rug  with  no  remorse......When  it  ceases  to  be  a  challenge  he  loses  interest........But  while  I  agree  it  would  be  FOOLISH  to  leave  BAMA  where  he  is  WORSHIPED  and  can  win  multiple  more  national  titles  before  he  hangs  up  his  clip  board  and  whistle.....DONT  THINK  IT  WONT  HAPPEN  TO  YOU......

ChrisCastleman
ChrisCastleman

This just in....John Calipari and Rick Pitino have both been contacted by The University of Texas.

jkastar
jkastar

In related news, reports surface that prom king gets asked out by female algebra geek.  He tells all the hotties about it, and they want him even more than before.  

What Alabama has is rare.  What the SEC has is rare.  College football might shake up a little bit with a playoff system, but right now going to Texas would be a demotion for Saban.  Championships matter.  Being the best team matters.  For Saban, Texas doesn't matter. 

Should Saban entertain offers for more money?   Well why the heck not?   Of course he should.  Alabama will most likely be able to outbid all others in this competition.  In all reality, what reason does he have to leave Alabama, which is currently the best program?  (answer=none)

(note: I am a Big 10 fan.  Right now the Big 10 sucks.  The 5th best team in the SEC is awesome compared to other conferences.  It's the truth.)


valerie1
valerie1

bryant denny stadium is kinda big for fisn n huntin exhibitions, prolly wana keep nick right where he is

jworsr1
jworsr1

Alabama will change the name of the state to "Sabanama" and Nick will stay......

DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

He's gonna stay at Alabama. He'll get the things he asks for, and Alabama will gladly give those things to him. Honestly, both sides would be stupid to part ways, they have a great thing going.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Saban is 62 yrs old. He's not going anywhere.

RyanTannehill
RyanTannehill

Come back to Miami Saban! Control our locker room.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

it's how the game is played now...  his agent has to say this as it will cause Alabama to give him a raise that will move him up above a few other small undeveloped nations in terms money he'll receive each yr compared to their GPD each yr...

He's going to remain at Alabama but his thinking is if I'm going to be here and put in the work anyway, I may as well make a few more millions since I'm doing it anyway...

Wesley7
Wesley7

@madisel I think most people are missing that detail and think that Saban's agent ran to an AP reporter right before the most important game of the season to give a quote about leaving the school. 

Wesley7
Wesley7

@espnrefugee0218 I thought going to Texas was all about "the challenge." Now it's about skating by easily and playing a less challenging level of the game?

MikeL1
MikeL1

@mbroncofan I have a different take from the 60 Minutes piece.  As you said, he regrets compromising his integrity by saying he wouldn't go to Bama, then going to Bama.  But, in this case, he has not said he is not leaving.  And that makes me think he is at least considering it. Otherwise, he would say "I'm not leaving. Period." And we would believe him.

Wesley7
Wesley7

@mbroncofan I don't think his agent leaked the story. No way he'd have done it right before LSU and risk rattling the players before a major game. If it was part of negotiations, you'd do it right after a big win so that Alabama is super jazzed to keep him and feeling generous. Rather, I think his agent said in a conversation TO Texas back in January that Texas was the only school Saban would consider leaving for, and the details of that conversation just now leaked through some other means--not that the agent gave this quote to the press recently. 

caleb
caleb

@mbroncofan Muzzle his agent? His agent is doing exactly what he's supposed to do. The higher the demand, the more money you command. This is a good, old fashioned shakedown. He may very well be bluffing, but we'll see whether bammer is willing to call it, or if they fork over more $$.

Whatever
Whatever

Loyalty has no place in the big business of college football. Get with the times. That's why Saban's agent floated the Texas line. It got Saban what he wanted -- more money to pay (and keep) assistants, which is the true lifeblood of a top program. Just ask Bobby Bowden and Mack Brown how important having great assistant coaches is to continued success.

donald5
donald5

@Blinker I'm gonna guess you have kept the same job for your entire life always turning down more money whenever it was offered...  Oh wait... you have taken more money???  I bet you give yourself a pass on being "disloyal" to your employers

RTR
RTR

@PhillipJacobs  his current situation at Bama is a little more prestigious an successful than the situation he had at LSU.  Not saying UT is bad gig, more money than AL 

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@PhillipJacobs"NO  LOYALTY" Loyalty isn't a requirement. Loyalty is for fans and players below the professional level, not coaches, not ever.

CommonerSense
CommonerSense

@jkastar What reason does he have for leaving Alabama? Because it's Texas, Chuckles. 

TimVandeStreek
TimVandeStreek

@DeeEmm1 Will they move UAlabama to Austin.  How long to you expect him to live in Tusckanowhere?

 

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@RyanTannehill He would probably still be there and Miami would have been a better team had they listened to Saban and signed Drew Brees. He desparately wanted Brees and the bean counters said he was too big of a risk and then Brees signs with the Saints and goes on to rewrite the QB History books and win a SB and Saban leaves Miami and goes to Alabama and rules College Football. One decision can spin things on a dime and we just never know who, what, when, where, why or how that will happen but inevitably it will and then once again history will forever be changed. Stay Tuned!

Blinker
Blinker

@donald5 @Blinker  

Nope...  you are wrong on that one.  I have been with my company for almost 15 years.  We do get raises/promotions but I have been here all my working life.  I like my job.  Nice try.....

PhillipJacobs
PhillipJacobs

@CommonerSense @jkastar What  reason ????  you  answered  it  yourself  BECAUSE  ITS  TEXAS.....absolutely......They  have  the  money , facilities , easy  to  recruit.......EVERYTHING  YOU  NEED  to  satisfy  that  craving  for  some  new  challenge  that  he  enjoys.....EVERYTHING  you  could  need  to  win  a  title  with  HIS  3RD  SCHOOL.......He  wants  to  be  known  as  the  greatest  college  football  coach  that  ever  lived......win  a  couple  titles  at  Texas ,  that  would  be  the  case.....BAMA  fans  need  to  realize  there  are  some  programs  on  par  with  Alabama....NOT  MANY....But  a  few  that  might  interest  Saban....And  Texas  is  one  of  them....

Wesley7
Wesley7

@TimVandeStreek  

He's a small town boy from a coal-mining town in West Virginia--and his shortest coaching stints have been in the largest towns. Not everyone wants to live in a big city.  I've lived in both places and Austin is great when you are 20-35, but if I'd made my money and was in my 60's, I'd go back to Tuscaloosa in a heartbeat.

donald5
donald5

@Blinker @donald5  You left the part out where someone else actually offered you a job.  It is really easy to be true to your wife when you are ugly and no one else wants you.

Wesley7
Wesley7

@PhillipJacobs  

Bama has money, too. You're splitting hairs in the distinction between the very rich and the very, very rich. And what facilities does Texas have that Alabama doesn't? Heck, Alabama's facilities are not only brand new and top of the line, they were basically built TO Saban's specifications.  And I don't think the man has any problems with his recruiting. He's currently ranked #1 for 2104, and was #1 in 2012 and 2013. He's been in the Top 3 classes since 2008. What "recruiting advantage" does he need exactly?


The only allure is the possibility of "turning around" a 3rd school--a feat we already know he can do as he's done it twice--but a 3rd school that has every advantage in the world and is turning around already, not presenting much of a "challenge."The only gain is a title "at a 3rd school." But why would that make him "the greatest college football coach ever" any more than say winning four in a row and 5 out of 6 at Alabama? Or 7 out of 10?


He's a big boy and can do what he wants, but personally, I don't think he's a city boy, though. His shortest stints have been at the largest cities. Plus, he's made comments about staying and on his 60 Mins interview said he wished he'd never done that at Miami and that it cost him integrity as a coach and as a person. Interesting comments if he is thinking of jumping ship. And personally, I know I'd think twice about taking a job in a place where the fans are going out of their way to degrade and ignore the current guy in that job. Seeing how Texas fans are treating their current coach can't be an enticement to go coach there.

Whatever
Whatever

Sagan doesn't need any help recruiting. All he has to do is call a recruit, flash his rings, and tell them to sign on the line. Done.