Posted November 06, 2013

Nick Saban on Texas rumors: I’m ‘totally committed to the University of Alabama’

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Nick Saban addressed the Texas rumors by saying, ‘I’m totally committed’ to Alabama.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nick Saban is reaffirming his commitment to Alabama.

In light of recent reports once again linking the Crimson Tide coach to a potential job opening at Texas, Saban assured ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi on Wednesday that he intends to stick around in Tuscaloosa.

“Well I don’t know where these reports come from,” Saban said. “I’ve sort of addressed the situation before. I’m totally committed to the University of Alabama, looking forward to the game we have this week and all my focus has been on LSU and what our team needs to do to play their best.”

A Tuesday report from the Associated Press cited Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, as saying Texas “is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for” in a phone call in January. Sexton reportedly made the comment during a 45-minute call with former Texas regent Tom Hicks and current regent Wallace Hall.

Saban has previously addressed rumors that he would consider replacing longtime coach Mack Brown at Texas, who has come under scrutiny this season. When asked in September if he’d consider leaving Alabama, Saban said he’s “too damn old” to start over at a new school.

106 comments
cfmspe
cfmspe

let me guess, the source of this leak is a Texas representative.  enough said.  

 Of course, Texas would love to have Saban - they need a boatload of help that maybe even Saban couldn't provide (for evidence, they got crushed by a middling Mississippi team, and would get crushed by Bama again, and even exas A&M) ... and of course Saban's agent would love to know how much Texas would offer so he can ask for more money at Bama. 

Other than that, not much to see here.

Jadenstryfe
Jadenstryfe

Every single time Saban to Texas is brought up is followed with the excuse he wants a new challenge, don't trust anything he says because of what he said at Miami. If he leaves, he leaves. However, he has already won titles at multiple schools. He has a nfl player making program at Alabama with full control over the football program at one of the top football college's of all time (Alabama is one of the most winning schools ever and if you think Tuscaloosa is crappy, you haven't been there although nobody would mistake it for somewhere in California), whose crazy fan base embraced him from day one. He wins titles, he gets the recruits he wants, and his wife and he are involved within the community. Not only that, but he is already the top paid coach and wins championships in the premiere league in college football at the golden era, and he dominates. Bama would meet or beat any dollar amount Texas would throw out there and the one big point I would like to make is this: Mack Brown is winning games. Texas is at the top of their division. Why would he leave? Why would Saban want to go to a school who wants to push out a winning coach? Why would a man known to be annoyed by media want to have the longhorn network all over his program? I just don't see it.

RTR
RTR

Since the emails are from January of 2013 and TX could have fired Mack Brown and given Saban this job then why not if he is soooo interested?  Why come out now with old emails, when TX has won their conference games, and Bama is doing well?  

RockQuarry
RockQuarry

Next thing you know, his team will not show up for a high profile game. They'll just totally get walloped.  Then, he will have "esophogeal spasms" (panic attacks) and spend a year inexplicably losing half of their games and not bothering to recruit either line of scrimmage.  Then, he will retire and start working at ESPN, where he will wait for about 9 months before unretiring to go work at the school he always said he wanted to work at.  Gators know all about it.  That's what happens when you hire mercenaries who don't really care about your school or your culture.

RonaldWilliamDunaway
RonaldWilliamDunaway

Don't get your panties in a wad. Mack Brown is going nowhere. There may have been discussion at the beginning of the season, when The Horns looked really bad, but the season has turned around, and after UT drummed OU, the tide changed. Now when Brown's contract expires a few years from now, this talk of Saban coming to Austin might change, but right now, Coach Brown's job is quite secure. 

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

This means - Alabama can go ahead and start the new coach search now. Wife doesn't like Alabama, likes Texas. 'Bama is still one of the 10 best jobs in the country and will be no problem to fill. 

MikeL1
MikeL1

What is most important is what he did not say.  He did not say "I am staying at Alabama." That speaks volumes.  If he leaves now, he will not have lied -- he is totally committed to Alabama, but if he leaves, he wil  be totally committed to whatever school he picks.  He could have ended this by saying "I am not leaving Alabama." He didn't. That would scare the heck out of me if I was a Bama fan.  It even scares the heck out of me as Aggie fan -- leaving Bama is bad for the SEC, and going to tu is bad for the Aggies recruiting.

Delegator
Delegator

From WIkipedia…on December 21, 2006, Saban said,  "I guess I have to say it. I'm not going to be the Alabama coach." [23][24] Saban did eventually meet with Alabama officials on January 1, 2007,[25] following the Dolphins' season ending loss to the Indianapolis Colts."

Based on that timeline, you can expect the announcement to come on the day after 'Bama's bowl game.

j7apple
j7apple

Has anyone told Saban just walk the talk? His commitments verbally are a bit absurd. Heard them before.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Most of the "considerations" that most comments include here mean zilch. Money? Saban has $$$, and could get the salary he wants at any of the big football mega-schools. Loyalty? Please... don't make me laugh! Fame? Same as money.

The only things that might interest Saban are power and prestige. Hard to imagine any other football school willing to give him the far-reaching power he currently has at Bama (certainly not USC or Texas). Prestige? This might actually be the main appeal, as Nick has a perpetual motion machine going at Bama; the only challenge (if he needs that appeal) would be to build the same success somewhere else; if so, he would want to do it in another conference... just to seduce another population region and cement his "legend" as the best of all time. That's the way to appeal to him... that and location (Bama is a hell hole compared to Austin or Los Angelas).

boulderfinfan
boulderfinfan

That's what he said to the dolphins before he bolted. I wouldn't believe anything saban says about a job oppurtunity

Chuckster
Chuckster

I love this.... first talk of Saban to Texas came when?   Just before the Texas A & M game.   And now it's brought up again and WHEN?  Just before another big game on Saturday vs. LSU.    Do the math.....this is someone's idea of how to disrupt the Alabama game plan and focus for the big game.  

OwG
OwG

Of course im just speculating here, but i think this Saban to Texas stuff is a press fabrication just so they could give themselves a story. Somebody probably came up with that "rumor" in some editors meeting. No wonder why almost nobody respects the sports media. 

RTR
RTR

TX will want AL success immediately.  Saban had pressure when coming to Bama but not at the expectation level that is now created by his presence.  

stupendas1
stupendas1

Just like he was totally committed to the Dolphins!!  LOL, this guy is a joke.  I wouldn't believe him if his tongue came notarized.  If I were the Alabama AD, I'd start doing some research on finding a new coach...

cooldela1966
cooldela1966

I would like to see him move to Texas.  It would be good for the game.  He could build Texas back up and then some new coach could take over at Alabama.  Changing coaches is good for the game.  Just like the churches change preachers every once in a while.  Change is good.  

ConfusionReigns
ConfusionReigns

But why is that wrong "He'd leave Alabama in six seconds if Texas offered him a dollar more"?  Of course you didn't explicitly say its wrong, but if I am reading the 'tone' correctly you imply  that it might be.  

Folks how many of you in your lifetime left one place of employment for another for more money?  I'd wager most.  Why should Saban or any coach (or player) be held to a different standard.  Why do you we have this weird expectation that anybody should be loyal for a lifetime to one job or organization?  Remember if Saban all of a sudden forgets how to coach 'bama would drop him in a heartbeat.  So why should he be restricted to seek new opportunities and challenges?  The media puts these figures in a position that they have to lie, Saban can't honestly say yeah, I am thinking about it, it'd likely destroy this season and the next recruiting class.  Saban should fulfill the terms of his contract and then choose what he wants to do next and for whom and for how much.  


OverEd
OverEd

"I don't know how many times I've got to respond to rumor and innuendo," Saban said. "I guess I have to say it,",  "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."

Edward1
Edward1

Uh Ohhhhhhh, Tide fans. Sabesey's jonesing for some strange. Deep down, you knew it was a matter of time, but kept telling yourselves "he'll be different with us. he knows there's no place out there like here. We've go history together now. I built him a statue and introduced him to my parents." 

WRONG. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

He'd leave Alabama in six seconds if Texas offered him a dollar more.

playemball
playemball

Saban is a sham..he's all about the $$$ and even the tide fans know this..

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Urban Meyer is probably the one doing most of the leaking to the media. Bama/LSU game is well attended by 4 star high school recruits. 

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

@Jadenstryfe As indicated in my own comments in this thread, I agree with most of your points (especially the power Saban has at Bama, and his media dislike that LHN would magnify). I'd differ about Mack Brown staying at UT, Tuscaloosa being as attractive as Austin/L.A. (it IS crappy  in comparison, and yes I've been there), outbidding UT in a salary war, and most importantly its more accurate to say he's driven by ego/legacy than by a "challenge". There IS a difference, and that's no knock on him as its part of his success. He knows he has X amount of prime coaching years left... and IF he wants to move/succeed with another team, it should be soon. He will NOT go back to the NFL. He's already coached/won in the East, B10, and SEC... so IF he moves, I'd bet its to a B12 or Pac14. He always takes the shortcut of picking rich recruiting areas... and its known he likes warm sunshine and culture/ recreation... so CA and TX are the top choices always mentioned. I'm not saying Saban WILL move, but IF he does it won't surprise me.

RTR
RTR

@MarkBlackford now that is funny about his wife.

TX may have the cash but I doubt the most political and booster driven program in the country is going to let Saban run everything.  Hell he does not let cameras in the AL facility and you think the longhorn network is just going to shut off their non game weekly coverage?

Texas sounds like a real opportunity but the more you look at the issues and the idea that immediate success would be demanded to match that of AL, I think any coach would see that as a big reason to say no.  As a Bama fan I think the opportunity he would take is some form of NFL Coach, GM, and a way to have ownership.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

To all the bash trolls... I've lived my whole life in the South, and know it as well as any one of you. I also know L.A. and Austin... the only reason I specified them is because UT and USC are the most common rumors for a Saban move. I'm not a fan of Bama, UT, or USC... so I'm not biased for or against any of them. The subject is what might lure Nick to another job/team, or keep him where he is now. His track record shows what appeals to him are climate, culture, and his legacy. Stick to the issue instead of trailer trash sniping.

rskins09
rskins09

@Chessmaster    I wouldn't call LA a football town ...Who in the heck  would want to live there..Too many weirdos ...

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

@Chessmaster You could not possibly have ever, ever lived in L.A. to even think for a second that it is a nice place to live. Maybe you think a southern drawl is a foreign language but that's as far as it gets in Alabama.

ALA2262
ALA2262

@Chuckster Exactly! And will come up every time Bama is not a 4TD favorite. 

RTR
RTR

@stupendas1 

First, you are a moron for comparing the down and out Dolphins to the best program in the NCAA.

Second, Kirby Smart would be tapped as HC so "research" would not be needed.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@stupendas1 What an idiot.  Must be a fan of one of the 13 other SEC schools that can't compete with him.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

@ConfusionReigns If I were Saban I would leave for Texas ASAP. No university can pay him what they can and he can win umpteen national championships in the 10 - 15 years he has left in coaching. It isn't wrong at all for him to leave. It's wrong to pretend he won't do it.

rskins09
rskins09

@ConfusionReigns   Your right ... The media, can and do, sometimes box you in and you don't realize it until it's too late ...Misquotes,  he said, you said , me said , I said 33.5 months ago ..And some of these reporters wonder why football coaches ( Pro & College ) don't want to talk to them .They  box you in and THEN  go for the jugular vein ....Reminds me of Lawyers  ....

RTR
RTR

@OverEd 

Read the entire press conference from that comment.  He asked the reporter what was needed to shut him up about the AL job.  The reported said, say " I will not be the coach at AL.." - Saban asked if I say that will you quit asking, he said yes, so he then repeated the sentence.

That does not totally discount him saying what he said but the comment is out of context.

rskins09
rskins09

@FredFlintsone    I didn't think of that -- Wouldn't put it past MR. Urban .. He don't get mad, he gets even ...

RonaldWilliamDunaway
RonaldWilliamDunaway

@sg12 @Chessmaster  Don't call someone dumb while you misspell you're.

That is dumb. When you say You're dumb it is a contraction of you and are. Your is possessive, like saying  "your state is full of morons who don't know how spell, or use proper grammar."

 To answer your question, I have been to Tuscaloosa, it sucked. The people were dumb, stereotypical southern white trash, the city was ugly and boring and the black people were really dumb ghetto trash. You can hype Alabama all you want, but like LSU, until your school improves in the academic dept. it is nothing but a joke outside of Alabama. Neither of thoses schools can even make the top 200 in academic rankings. Meanwhile The University of Texas consistantly ranks in the top 100 of college academic rankings, all while still having the #1 Athletic Program over all in the country for like 10 years. What? What? What?

Yeah I said it, you go to Alabama when you are too stupid and ignorant to get accepted to a decent University.

RTR
RTR

@NoQNoSuperBowl @ConfusionReigns 

Alabama will match up to a certain point.  I would say 10 million.  But even then I dont see TX going over 10 million b.c there are other options that are not 63 years old.

sg12
sg12

@RonaldWilliamDunaway That beating in the Rose Bowl still hurts, huh. This is a football post. No one cares about  your ( ok was that spelled correct) opinion on academics. Get a real football team and come back with the attitude. UT football has sucked since the 60's. Only one great QB (Vince Young), was able to win a NC  with your average players.

thompjs
thompjs

@RonaldWilliamDunaway @sg12 @Chessmaster 

What about "consistantly," was that a typo too?  Or just "an idiotic misspelling made by someone who obviously never paid attention in elementary school language arts class"?

Don't lecture people.  Or better, don't be a jerk, but hey, baby steps right?

RonaldWilliamDunaway
RonaldWilliamDunaway

@sg12 @Chessmaster 

and before anyone corrects my spelling thoses was a typo, not a purposeful misspelling. 

sg12's comment was an idiotic misspelling made by someone who obviously never paid attention in elementary school language arts class, or was to stupid to understand the concept of grammatical usage of correct words... and you want to call people dumb. HAH!

Wesley7
Wesley7

@IvanAJagerbomb

Or maybe he just doesn't engage in wholesale character assassination and hyperbole over one statement the man's already said he regrets making. You strip him of ALL integrity for one sentence 7 years ago? That's butt-hurt.