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Nick Saban says “I’m just too damn old to start over”

The rumors trying to connect Nick Saban to a potential vacancy at Texas are mildly entertaining, but if we are to take the Alabama head coach at his word we can probably put them all to rest. Saban says his age will prevent him from even thinking about starting with a clean slate at any other program.

“Every year it’s something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns,” Saban said Thursday night on his weekly radio show, according to “And, quite frankly, I’m just too damn old to start over somewhere else.”

So there you go. Forget about Saban going to Texas to replace Mack Brown in 2014. Well, maybe. Who knows, after all, didn’t Saban say similar things when he was with the Miami Dolphins? Yes, he did. Never say never, right?

But Saban has a bit of a point here. Saban is 61 years old, and will turn 62 before the end of this season. At his age it is certainly not impossible to move to a new program and try to turn things around, but we are entering an age where coaches probably are not going to be coaching well in to their 60s any more. Unless Saban were to give the NFL one more crack, Alabama certainly feels as though it will be his final coaching job.

And make no mistake, Saban would be starting over at Texas. The Longhorns are looking more and more like a rebuilding project, but it is not the type of rebuilding project that would need a structured fie-year plan. Given the resources available at Texas and the large talent pool to swim in and Saban’s coaching profile, Texas would be a national title contender rather quickly.

Saban’s comments were inspired by reports from earlier in the day saying regents at Texas had made an attempt to reach out to Saban to gauge his interest. It’s a long shot for Texas, but given the situation brewing in Austin, it is a move Texas would absolutely have to make. If Texas calls Saban and Saban says “Thanks, but no thanks,” so be it. At least an effort was made to drastically change the image of the Texas program. Saban did rebuff those reports during his radio show as well.

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

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73 Responses to “Nick Saban says “I’m just too damn old to start over””
  1. elwaysagenius says: Sep 19, 2013 9:42 PM

    I’d like to see him try Texas, but its reasonable for him to end it at Bama

  2. hatesycophants says: Sep 19, 2013 9:49 PM

    The entire state of Alabama should be sold/given to… any other country, organization or individual willing to be associated with it.

  3. helladonks says: Sep 19, 2013 9:57 PM

    good luck convincing texas fans of this

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 19, 2013 10:06 PM

    helladonks says: Sep 19, 2013 9:57 PM

    good luck convincing texas fans of this


    We’re Texas!

  5. jason1214 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:08 PM

    Shocker. Now UT come back to reality and pray Charlie Strong or Will Muschamp go for your $$$$$

  6. mstiger1 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:08 PM

    Yeah, Little Nickie has said these words before at least twice. If I was a Bama fan I would be worried.

  7. drummerhoff says: Sep 19, 2013 10:14 PM

    The best part of this story is real account of how the “powers that be” influence and push change at places like Texas. When rich boosters want change they don’t care who’s toes they step on. The Headcoach AD, President are puppets.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:19 PM

    In their (UT) dreams. NOT gonna happen!

  9. be4bama says: Sep 19, 2013 10:42 PM

    This phony scandal didn’t even last an hour. Here’s an idea….SABAN FOR PRESIDEN!!!!
    lilmstiger1 smh

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Sep 19, 2013 10:45 PM

    Sandusky’s available

  11. mcjon22 says: Sep 19, 2013 11:11 PM

    If/when Saban leaves Alabama…listening to all of those Bama’ fans crying?!?


  12. Deb says: Sep 19, 2013 11:29 PM

    Actually, no, Saban hasn’t said anything about being too old before. Don’t know what he said at LSU because he wasn’t on my radar then. At Miami, he repeatedly said he didn’t want to talk about it until the Dolphins’ season was over. Heard him say that over … and over … and over. But the press still asked him about it every day at the press conference the NFL required him to give. So finally he said he wasn’t going to Bama.

    I know for a fact that Bama had not made a formal offer at that time. They’d approached his agent and he’d told them he couldn’t talk to them until after the Dolphins’ season ended.

    So … he had no contract with Bama when he said that. I’d have told them to piss off. That was his mistake. After the season ended, he took the job with Bama. If he chooses to leave Bama and take a job with Texas, that’s his business. It’s a job, not indentured servitude. I’ll miss him, but life goes on. He’s going to leave one way or the other at some point. Bear did. Nothing else will hurt that much.


  13. taintedlombardis says: Sep 20, 2013 12:53 AM

    Translation: “Start over? I’m too big too fail now bitches. NCAA won’t touch me. License to cheat. These stupid gumps will take out a third mortgage for Alabama football. Making it rain $EC style. Come worship your corrupt football team in Tuscaloosa gumps! Your diety Saban commands it.”

  14. cranespy says: Sep 20, 2013 1:08 AM

    Chris Petersen to Texas

  15. sssjim7 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:29 AM

    lol…. quit giving the Alabama fans heart attacks…

    They beat A&M… let them enjoy it a while… even deer only have a limited hunting season!

    Just my .02

  16. jaggedmark says: Sep 20, 2013 3:56 AM

    Will Muschamp is getting the Longhorns job. #writeitdown

  17. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 20, 2013 6:33 AM

    Breaking the Aggie’s hearts Sumlin will be the next Horns coach!!!!

  18. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 20, 2013 7:47 AM

    Jaggedmark- Texas wants to win games. Why would they want Muschamp back there?

  19. afrancis55 says: Sep 20, 2013 8:00 AM

    Didnt he say he wasn’t going to Bama when he was still in Miami? $aban is a habitual liar

  20. michiganhockey11 says: Sep 20, 2013 9:35 AM

    Pretty sure he said the same thing when he was at LSU and coaching the Dolphins? Let’s face it, Texas Alumni probably have more money than Bama alumni.

    Texas has more money than….well, God. Alabama has to match any offer (I thought I heard something about a match in his contract), but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Texas throw $8-$10million on the table to Saban.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 9:56 AM

    Had a long conversation about this with my Longhorn buddy and to be honest… I just don’t see it.

    I’ve heard the money argument and Texas more money than God but first off, that’s such a Tsip argument… As the inventor of the Statue of Liberty play above noted earlier “But, but, but… we’re Texas”. Second, its not like Alabama is paying him in peanuts…. And lastly, most would equate Texas’ money to a recruiting advantage, but it seems Saban is doing just fine in that category in Tuscaloosa.

    Saban has an opportunity this year to do something that hasn’t been done in the AP era which is win 3 straight titles. That would put him at 5 total and 4 at Bama and only 2 behind the great Bear Bryant.

  22. mrtreyseven says: Sep 20, 2013 10:12 AM

    live in Alabama not an Alabama fan, my wife is however and to tell you the truth Saban isn’t going anywhere….Alabama may be a poor state but they put money into weird places….Saban makes more than our Governor(true statement)….this state will match any offer Texas throws because that’s what people want to invest in…..

  23. be4bama says: Sep 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    “At some point you’ve made enough money”. Nick SABAN
    My bad that was obamas quote.

  24. kdbroom says: Sep 20, 2013 10:24 AM

    I can think of 10 million rea$on$ per year why he’d leave for Texas.

    He left a $3m per year job at LSU for $4m per year at Miami, and he left that job for $5m per year at Alabama. I think he has his price, and he’s sitting in a pretty position.

    Texas is incredibly rich and desperate to return to prominence. They’ll break the bank to get him. Bama football is the only thing that the State of Alabama has. Bama isn’t dominant in any other sport, Auburn is down, the state has no NFL, no NBA, no MLB, etc. Bama football is literally one egg in one basket, and the state’s whole identity rests upon it.

  25. ljstud1o says: Sep 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    Bama football is the only thing that the State of Alabama has??? If I remember correctly, Auburn won the National Championship in 2010 and went undefeated one year when Terry Bowden was coaching them. This information courtesy of a Bama fan.

    The real reason Nick Saban stays in Tuscaloosa is that Terry- his wife- likes it there according to Nick.

  26. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    Texas has more problems than hiring a coach.

    They let the SEC come into their backyard and recruit Texas HS kids in a manner reminiscent of Sherman’s March through Georgia. The SEC is now in Texas enmasse. Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, both Mississippi schools, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Georgia, all have coaches in Texas going to HS football games this weekend. Who do you think kids want to play for? A school and a conference that is on prime time Saturday afternoons and evening or a University pay per view that doesn’t even make a rating decipoint?

    Texas has the same number of scholarships that any other school has. Their problem is getting the right kids for the right coach.

    I really don’t see a quality BCS coach, a Jim Mora, a David Shaw, a Kevin Sumlin or a Nick Saban moving to Texas, they’re already at destination programs. A Charlie Strong would.

    Texas better move quick. Rumblings on the West Coast has Pat Haden already looking
    for USC.


  27. southernpatriots says: Sep 20, 2013 10:48 AM

    Coach Saban:

    I fully understand the way you feel. I feel the same way. I am too old to start over as well. Enjoy life. Enjoy what you are doing. Try to help others along the way, as much as your health and opportunity allow.

  28. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    17 to 4


  29. baredon says: Sep 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    Saben may not be the “Bear”, but he’s surely kin to him…..!! Awesome job he’s done.

    At his age and his position, not even a 10 gallon hat of money would move him to Texas…

  30. ancientcougar says: Sep 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    The “Good Ol Boy” network would never endorse a Sumlin or Smart hiring; remember the color of this state during the national elections. Maybe Leach?

  31. overratedgators says: Sep 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    For those suggesting that Texas is going to hire Muschamp, I would hope that the Longhorns have greater aspirations than taking beat downs from Miami and Louisville. (Chomp.)

  32. mogogo1 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    The funniest part about Saban’s comments was him claiming his agent never told him about the contact from Texas. That little tidbit never even came up in passing? Not even in an “oh, by the way, a regent from Texas asked if you’d like to coach there” kind of way?

  33. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 20, 2013 11:51 AM

    Texas may get desperate and offer 7+ million to Saban. That might make him feel young enough. Saban has put forth this kind of rhetoric before. Remember he wasn’t going to be the coach of Miami. And he definitely wasn’t going to jump ship to be Alabama’s head coach.

  34. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    mogogo1 wrote on : Sep 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    The funniest part about Saban’s comments was him claiming his agent never told him about the contact from Texas. That little tidbit never even came up in passing? Not even in an “oh, by the way, a regent from Texas asked if you’d like to coach there” kind of way?

    Na. the conversation went like this.

    Sexton: Nick, congrats on winning the National Championship.

    Saban: Thanks, I appreciate that. Now, why did you call?

    Sexton: I have had an inquiry from a prominent Texas supporter, a regent on the University of Texas board that asked if you would be interested in the position there?

    Saban: Jimmy, I just got finished with a football season, I need time to decompress and spend time away from football. Other than recruiting, I need some down time.

    Sexton: Nick, I understand. I wanted you to know that the University of Texas has
    called and asked me if you would be interested in talking.

    Saban; Thanks, but no thanks. Sure they have a top niche program and Mack is on hard times, but I have my program going the way that I want it going and I have more pressing concerns in retaining Kirby and others on staff now rather than go through
    all the machinations of going to Texas. It would take three years to dominate on a conference level, five on a national level. Why leave when I have that now?

    Sexton: Okay, get off the line and relax, say hello to Terry from me.

    Saban: K


  35. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 20, 2013 12:23 PM

    ancientcougar wrote on: Sep 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    The “Good Ol Boy” network would never endorse a Sumlin or Smart hiring; remember the color of this state during the national elections. Maybe Leach?

    That sure is a bigoted remark. If the State of Texas is
    racist explain how Sumlin earned the A&M position?


  36. hrmlss says: Sep 20, 2013 1:16 PM

    When are the sanctions going to hit? That is when he’ll bug out.

  37. marcinhouston says: Sep 20, 2013 1:24 PM

    They should reach out to Urban Meyer, see if he wants to move up from Division 2 to Division 1.5.

  38. atepper001 says: Sep 20, 2013 1:25 PM

    In Saban speak, this is code for, “If you offer me enough money I will give up and leave mid season on my team after repeatedly denying I have any intention in seeking other opportunities. I will then send an email to my staff to let them know I am leaving after I take the new job and have one of my office admins leave a generic note in each players locker thanking them for their hard work.” See you in Texas Coach Satan.

  39. bluedeuce says: Sep 20, 2013 1:29 PM

    Let me provide a little perspective from someone not a fan of either school…

    …Alabama is the “bigger” school when talking college football. I live in Texas and when if someone said college football I would think of Alabama first, second and third…then maybe 10 other schools, then Texas.

    The SEC is better than the Big 12 or whatever the league is called today too.

    One last thing…why would Charlie Strong leave a program that will be at the top of a BCS conference (ACC) next year for Texas? Why leave that for a rebuilding project in a conference that has been ripped apart by the SEC recruiting?

    Sorry…everyone in the same conference as Texas needs to move to another conference and let Texas and it’s Longhorn Network be on their own.

    Saben to Texas…now that is solid gold humor right there!

  40. granadafan says: Sep 20, 2013 1:45 PM

    If you’re going to pay a university employee 10 million per year, our educational priorities are seriously screwed up.

  41. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    granadafan wrote on: Sep 20, 2013 1:45 PM

    If you’re going to pay a university employee 10 million per year, our educational priorities are seriously screwed up.

    Major Universities haven’t paid the Head Coaches salaries in decades. The alumni athletic supporters and athletic foundations do.

    The last Head coach to be paid directly by the school was the incomparable John Wooden. Made $30K a year in his glory days. Today, that would be a clothing allowance per month.

  42. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 20, 2013 2:02 PM

    What about Kliff Kingsbury at Tech to Texas?

    Texas would never poach a coach in conference, would they?

  43. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 3:07 PM

    amos… College coaches are still employees of the state.

    Read a recent article talking about how in 39 of 50 states, the highest paid state employee was a coach of a university sports team.

    Now you are correct that their salaries are funded from the athletic foundations and not tax dollars.

  44. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 3:24 PM

    amosalanzostagg says:
    Sep 20, 2013 2:02 PM
    What about Kliff Kingsbury at Tech to Texas?

    Texas would never poach a coach in conference, would they?

    Honestly, not sure Kingsbury ready for that job in Lubbock… DEFINITELY not ready for Austin….

  45. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 3:29 PM

    By the way… Texas does have the largest athletic department revenues but Bama is 4th….

  46. Deb says: Sep 20, 2013 3:40 PM

    @kdbroom …

    Don’t know where you got your info, but Saban took a $1 million a year paycut to move from the Dolphins to Alabama. That was in 2007. He wasn’t making in 2007 what he’s making in 2013. He’s gotten a couple of salary increases since then. Glad you know what makes this guy tick. Have you been friends long?

  47. pricecube says: Sep 20, 2013 6:10 PM

    At first glance it looks like a long shot for Texas… but no one knows what the future holds.

    If there is an NCAA investigation in the DJ Fluker/Luther Davis/John Phillips incident things could change.

    If Texas offers Saban 10 M things could change a little more.

    The only football school that could keep up with Texas in terms of money is Stanford (and frankly, I do not think they care enough about football to try). The University of Texas’ endowment is 20-30 times as large as Alabama’s.

    It is still a long shot… but possible.

  48. pricecube says: Sep 20, 2013 6:14 PM


    Texas’ endowment is smaller than I thought… it is 10 times as large as Alabama’s.

  49. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 20, 2013 7:04 PM

    isn’t saban too old to be dyeing his hair every week and going to tanning salons too? he is like a 61 year old justin beiber. he is more feminine than his wife. at least he is the average height of a woman so i guess he feels the need to express himself in that way. looks like he has hair plugs also

  50. Deb says: Sep 21, 2013 12:21 AM

    manmerman99, you are so funny. Saban’s tan comes from spending all that time on the practice field, and he gets his hair cut at one of those cheap mall places because he doesn’t want to take too much time away from the office. But like I told you before, we wouldn’t care if he dipped his head in shoe black as long as we’ve got three extra trophies in the trophy case.

    Roll Tide!

  51. kdbroom says: Sep 21, 2013 12:58 PM


    Semantics, and you’re quibbling around the edges looking for minor points to discredit my overall assertion.

    He had $13.5m, over 3 years, remaining on his contract with the Dolphins (with no guarantees for continued employment). He left to take a $32m guaranteed contract with Bama.

    If you don’t think money was a major reason in his jumping ship, you’re crazy.

  52. Deb says: Sep 21, 2013 2:22 PM

    @kdbroom …

    I don’t have to look for minor points to discredit your overall assertion. You’re an anonymous commenter on a football blog. You’re not friends with Saban and have no idea what makes him tick or how he reached his decisions. I imagine several factors influenced his choice, but according to those who were intimately involved in the process, family considerations topped that list.

    Regardless, coaches are as entitled to move on as anyone else for whatever reason they choose–whether it’s to make more money, live in a better city, please their families, take on new challenges, or work in more satisfying cultures (though it is a bit classless to leave during dinner like Tommy Tuberville). It’s idiotic that all these years later we’re still vilifying Nick Saban simply for changing jobs. And I’ll feel the same if he leaves Bama for Texas.

  53. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    so Deb, it wasn’t classless the way saban left miami? are you that big of a homer? a dolphins player was convulsing on the field and saban stepped right over him and didnt give a damn whether he was seriously ill or not. that guy is a piece of trash and i know blatant bama homers like you will never admit the obvious truth.

  54. kdbroom says: Sep 21, 2013 3:00 PM


    And you’re making incredibly naive and uninformed assumptions.

    Are YOU friends with Saban? Do YOU know what makes him tick? Do YOU know how he reached his decisions?

    All I can do is draw conclusions from the data. Each career move that he has made involved significant financial improvement that certainly influenced his “family considerations”. The guy has been a hired gun. Anyone who thinks he doesn’t have his price is naive.

  55. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 21, 2013 5:16 PM

    Saban left the Dolphins for two simple reasons.

    (1.) He was never going to have control of player personnel to build an NFL. He wanted Drew Brees, the GM wanted Dante Culpepper. If any coach cannot have the personnel necessary in order to do his job and you cannot have a say in what personnel you can have, then why stay?

    (2.) Money. Saban received a ton of money to go to Alabama. End of story.

    Question to the blog. How many of you would stay in a job in which you had no control over the end product you produced, setting you up for failure and another company came along and offered you a job in which you had complete control on the end product as well as pay you an obscene financial contract? Would you

    (a.) Stay at the dead end job,endeavor to perservere, and get fired. or

    (b.) Take the new position, build your reputation as a premier performer in your chosen field, and take the money and run.

    What would YOU do?


    Me, I’d take b every time. Been in a, it sucks, I decided to control my own destiny a
    long time ago.

  56. artisan3m says: Sep 23, 2013 11:59 AM

    Why leave a perennial national champ program to try building a conference champ in Austin? Sabin has nothing more to prove and he is a permanent fixture in Tuscaloosa for life if he chooses. Age is not the factor ~ its common sense. Besides, Texas is having to ‘share the wealth’ in recruiting with programs on the rise like TAMU, Baylor, and TCU. And if Sabin wants a Texas talent, three national championships gives him a leg up on everybody. I don’t see him leaving Bama regardless of how much money Texas throws on the table. And Nick may not be the ‘fit’ in Austin that he is at Bama.

  57. atepper001 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    amosalanzostagg – every nfl team has a gm and there are plenty of coaches who have been successful with the gm calling the shots on the roster. of course the coach has input but, it ultimately falls on the gm. also, saban passed on brees. he did not want brees as you said. he wanted brees to be healthy and sign for a lowball contract with little guarantees. couldn’t roll the dice in the salary cap to sign a QB with an injury risk to their throwing shoulder. the gm didn’t over rule him to sign daunte and not brees. they made a collective decision to move forward with another player. either way, didn’t he quite less than a year after signing culepepper anyway? so he still quite before seeing this thing through. and yes, everyone would leave for money. that’s not the issue, in my opinion. the issue is how saban handled it which was classless. leave for a better job, more money or if your boss over rules you… sure, i agree with all your points on that being reasons to leave. but again, the issue i believe most people have with saban is how he handled the situation.

  58. sfsugator says: Sep 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    I’m not a tide fan but Saban isn’t going anywhere he has complete control of that program gets paid more than NFL head coaches. He is the headcoach, general manager, president, owner/ceo of Bama football, maybe even the university. He has built a juggernaut his way. Not happening. Fight on!!!

  59. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 24, 2013 12:08 AM


    Saban wanted Brees, period. Saban also wanted greater control in player decisions as Wayne promised him. It didn’t happen. So Saban left.High profile people leave high profile jobs daily and life goes on.

    People would do EXACTLY what Saban did. In the early 70’s, I worked for an actuary firm
    with a despotic, tyrant as a boss. When he asked me if I was looking else where, I lied.
    Three weeks later, when I had a signed contract with another firm, the obscene invectives
    that he let loose with made his two administrative assistants cry when I told him I was leaving. He had to contract out the evaluation analysis on the project I was working on.
    He contracted the firm I went with. I finished the analysis and made the new firm some
    very good coin. Eight years later, tyrant came asking me for a job. Funny, how views change when you are looking for work.

    Saban did what was in his best interests.


  60. southernpatriots says: Sep 24, 2013 12:23 AM


    Thank you for the personal revelation. A similar thing happened to me when I was younger working in a hospital with a tyrant Chief of Staff. He made life miserable for all his staff and then later not having enough people to bully, began on the doctors. I was young, without much experience, so I thought I had to take it. A few years later when I could leave, I did. He then had to hire 3 people to my job(s).

    About 10 years later he came hat in hand to ask me for a job. There is a reciprocity principle at work.

  61. fflnick says: Sep 24, 2013 5:10 AM

    The timing of this is suspect. The meeting happened in January. The story just comes out now when Mack Brown seat is getting scolding hot. Out of respect for his friend Mack Brown, nothing was leaked in January. Now that his a change is inevitable….
    This sounds like Jimmy Sexton leaked this.
    Why? To extort financial gain for his client. Either way Nick Saban is getting a raise.

  62. fflnick says: Sep 24, 2013 5:18 AM

    A chronology of comments about Nick Saban taking the head coaching job at Alabama:

    Nov. 27:
    Saban: “When I was in college it was always about coming to the pros. This is the challenge I wanted. I had a good college job. Why would I have left that if I was going to be interested in other college jobs?

    “I took this as a challenge. We certainly haven’t seen this through and gotten where we want to go and finished the job here, so why would I be interested in something else?”

    Dec. 5:
    Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga (after giving Saban a vote of confidence): “I am completely sold on Nick Saban. I would admit we made a mistake if we did make a mistake, but I firmly believe in Nick Saban.”

    Dec. 7:
    Saban: “I’m flattered that they may have been interested in me, but it never really progressed, because we just never let it progress.”

    Dec. 21:
    Saban: “I guess I have to say it. I’m not going to be the Alabama coach. … I don’t control what people say. I don’t control what people put on dot-com or anything else. So I’m just telling you there’s no significance, in my opinion, about this, about me, about any interest that I have in anything other than being the coach here.”

    Dec. 27:
    Saban: “I’m just making a rule to never comment on something like that again because every time you comment on it, it just makes for another story. So I’m not going to comment on it five years from now, and I’m not going to comment on it next week.”

    Jan. 4:
    Saban: “What I realized in the last two years is that we love college coaching because of the ability that it gives you to affect people, young people. … If I knew that my heart was someplace else in what I wanted to do, I don’t think it would be fair to the [Dolphins] organization if I stayed.”

    ESPN- The high ranking source told Schad that Alabama made an offer to West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez despite knowing that Saban would be very willing to listen after the season.
    In fact, Alabama had knowledge that Saban was very interested as early as the middle of this NFL season, the source said.
    The Tide first approached Saban shortly after firing Mike Shula. Wayne Huizenga (Dolphins owner) has said he received repeated assurances from Saban that he would return in 2007, and two weeks ago Saban said: “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.”
    After Saban turned down the Tide in early December, they offered the job to Rich Rodriguez, but he decided to stay at West Virginia.
    But when the Dolphins’ 6-10 season ended Sunday, Alabama sweetened an offer that will make him the highest-paid coach in college football.

  63. dhardy8207 says: Sep 24, 2013 12:14 PM

    Any bloggers on here that are over age 45 knows that one’s mindset changes the older you get. Security, stability and comfort are key concerns in those later years. Changing jobs is a major undertaking no matter the $$ involved and Saban is already set in the money category.

    At some point most wealthy people start focusing on enjoying their later years and not adding more stress to their lives. Terry Saban loves the Tuscaloosa community, and if you don’t believe he will take her wants and desires into consideration then you are delusional or never had a woman of your own. Saban has repaired and built a great program at Bama, the facilities are TOP, and he has surrounded himself with people he trust to be as dedicated as he is. The AD gives him full reign because he has proven he is committed to the quality of the program.

    Not going to say he would never leave Bama, but I do believe he will retire permanently when he does leave.

  64. txstatebobcats1868 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:58 PM

    from my sources and friends 20 miles to the north I’ve been told UT will offer him $50 mil for 5 years, so $10 mil a year…
    if he declines that they will come right back with an offer of $80 mil for 5 years…that’s $16 mil a year… I don’t think any coach regardless of comfort level and success wouldn’t seriously consider moving to another program especially one with as much potential and facilities as UT

  65. be4bama says: Sep 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    @Texasstatebobcats….look up Bryant Denny Stadium, UA’s Athletic Facilities, etc. on line. UT’s look like a ghetto compared to BAMA’s. As far as recruits, BAMA is able to take the “cream of the crop” from your state already. Go ahead with your wishful thinking….all of college football is laughing at your desperation!!!

  66. dhardy8207 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    be4bama says:
    Sep 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    @Texasstatebobcats….look up Bryant Denny Stadium, UA’s Athletic Facilities, etc. on line. UT’s look like a ghetto compared to BAMA’s. As far as recruits, BAMA is able to take the “cream of the crop” from your state already


    LOL….Their work out facilities will make you kill yourself even if you’re a fitness fanatic… I’ve personally seen the inside and its phenomonal! State of the art that would rival a lot of NFL facilities.

  67. be4bama says: Sep 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    Dhardy, you are talking about BAMA’s facilities right?
    I’m seen them too, amazing aren’t they? In case your talking about UT’s I’ve only seen pictures of the inside of their training facilities. There’s nothing state of the art from what I’ve seen.

  68. dhardy8207 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:52 PM

    @ b4bama

    Yes I was speaking of BAMA’s work out facilities..


  69. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 24, 2013 11:26 PM


    You don’t know. Your sources are non existent, because to throw numbers out like that Deloss would have had to made a formal request to the Alabama
    AD to interview Saban since it would be considered a lateral move at best. Without the consent of the Alabama AD, Texas sets themselves up for a tortious interference lawsuit in the execution of an existing contract. Bama knows about that from when your current coach at Texas State, Dennis, bolted from Alabama to A&M. Since Dennis pulled his act, all contracts now have very specific language that inhibit an existing Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa AND their representatives from EVEN discussing a movement without the prior consent of the Alabama AD.

    The Alabama AD hasn’t been contacted, because if he had, my cell would be lighting like a Christmas tree from well heeled Bama backers that would be wanting to know just how much Saban would want. People have a misconception that just because we may talk slow and with a draw, we are far from dumb and don’t show our wealth. Saban would stay at Alabama.


  70. txstatebobcats1868 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:47 PM

    @ amosalanzostagg

    Yes, you’re right about the possibilities of a lawsuit, but UT has some of the best lawyers and we all know they do whatever they want. As in the lawsuit wouldn’t bother nor stop them. If it even went to court without a settlement they can afford it.

    Deloss’ days are numbered as well, he doesn’t have to be the one talking, ala regents going out on their own and starting talks.

  71. txstatebobcats1868 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:49 PM

    @ amosalanzostagg

    ..and I would never say Alabamans are stupid, I know plenty of smart/wealthy people from Alabama… of course they all moved to Texas :)

  72. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 26, 2013 7:08 PM

    Saban ain’t leaving, Shaw isn’t coming, might as well start the Charlie Strong talk.

  73. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 26, 2013 7:14 PM


    Regents represent the University of Texas as a whole.
    It doesn’t take Deloss contacting Saban, just a representative of the University of the Texas to contact Sexton to involve the University of Texas, which Texas as already done.

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