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Texas booster: Talk with Saban’s agent lasted 45 minutes

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How long did a conversation about Nick Saban‘s interest in coaching the Texas Longhorns last? About 45 minutes, according to former Texas regent Tom Hicks. Hicks is the one who had set-up a phone call with Saban’s agent in January to gauge any potential interest Saban may have in considering leaving Alabama for the Longhorns.

The conversation took place between Hicks, Wallace Hall Jr. (another regent at Texas) and Jimmy Sexton, Saban’s agent. Hicks was influential in the hiring of Mack Brown, who had left North carolina to coach in Austin in 1997. His brother, Regent Steve Hicks, is the athletics liaison between the University of Texas at Austin and the Board of Regents. You could say he would be in the know when it comes to the coaching situation.

According to the Associated Press, Tom Hicks met with Brown two days after the conversation with Saban’s agent. The conversation was geared toward asking Brown how he felt about his situation. Retirement was mentioned, but Brown confirmed with Hicks he was not ready to consider it.

“He had a passion for wanting to stay,” Hicks told the Austin American-Statesman. “I said, ‘Mack, I’m glad to hear this passion. That’s great.’ “

The whole Saban to Texas concept seems far-fetched at best. It makes sense for Texas to try, because they have the funds and the power to hire almost anybody they want. Saban has said he is too old to start over, and he is sitting in a very good situation in Tuscaloosa. But if you are Texas, you have to try to reach out.

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19 Responses to “Texas booster: Talk with Saban’s agent lasted 45 minutes”
  1. suprmous says: Sep 28, 2013 2:10 AM

    Their talk may’ve lasted 45 mins but within that 45 mins the booster could’ve told whether or not Saban was interested in the proposal or not, even thru his agent. It’s a given fact the more $$ Saban’s eyes will light up and he’ll be gone in the blink of an eye. And the thing is nobody may see that blink other than his family. I still maintain that given time, more $$, and more prestige he’s gone once again. And when he does all of those Bama fans givin and that have given me grief will see what I’ve said all along. Just be prepared.

  2. Rabid PIcks says: Sep 28, 2013 3:13 AM

    Saban going to Texas seems more media driven than real life. If I’m Texas I’m looking at David Shaw, Art Briles, and Chris Peterson. There might be an outside shot at Chip Kelley, but probably not.

    Shaw would seem to fit the best, especially if Bowlsby becomes Texas’ next AD.

    The too scary to think about long shot, Sumlin and Holgorson reunite in Austin. Holgorsen as the OC of course

  3. maestroh33 says: Sep 28, 2013 3:37 AM

    Spurmous tells us:

    It’s a given fact the more $$ Saban’s eyes will light up and he’ll be gone in the blink of an eye

    Re:

    Yeah that’s why he took a MILLION DOLLAR PER YEAR PAY CUT to go to Alabama, right – because “more money” makes his eyes light up?

    What’s amusing is that I can tell just by this one comment spurmous is either an Auburn or Texas fan disconnected with reality. Saban may well leave Alabama, and he might leave for Texas, but it won’t be solely because of the money. Furthermore, Alabama can match an REALISTIC offer if money is the motivator. Ten million dollars a year? Alabama wouldn’t even blink.

  4. maestroh33 says: Sep 28, 2013 3:41 AM

    And Chip Kelly has no shot at the job because he has a “show cause” NCAA ban for two years.

  5. foreverlsu says: Sep 28, 2013 5:18 AM

    All Saban has to say is “I’m not going to be the next coach at the University of Texas” and this will all be over.

  6. bamafan36 says: Sep 28, 2013 8:01 AM

    @maestroh33: supermous is a Bayou Bengal. That’s where the venom comes from.

    I do so love how all these pundits come in with “Saban will be in Austin next to year.” “Saban will leave for more money.” “Nick is leaving Bama for Texas.” Blah, blah, blah. And Nick and Terry both say they LOVE TitleTown, are happy at Alabama, and don’t see their leaving TotleTown any time soon….and that’s not enough. Then, the sports analyst’s come in and say they aren’t going anywhere….still not enough. Now, they guy that set up the phone call with Coach Saban’s agent says it ain’t happening……and that STILL isn’t enough for some of you drainbamaged folks? Do not walk slowly through the woods……the squirrels WILL eat you guys….because y’all are NUTS! Like maestroh33 said…..Bama will counter any offer to keep him. There’s no story here…..keep moving folks.

  7. mcjon22 says: Sep 28, 2013 8:38 AM

    He said he wasn’t going to leave Michigan State, then he left. He said he had no interest in coaching in the NFL, then he left. He said live on tv “if I gotta say it, I’ll say it, I’m not gonna be the next Alabama coach” and within weeks was indeed, the next Alabama coach.

    Saban has a pattern for moving on. It doesn’t make him a bad person or a liar as some have called him, he just can’t stay at one place for very long.

    Maybe he’s change, who knows? But until he actually turns down Texas when they actually have a coaching vacancy, you can’t rule him bolting another college town. Again

  8. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Sep 28, 2013 9:12 AM

    You can tell bamafan36 is quivering in fear about the possibility of his precious coach leaving, trying to convince himself Saban is definitely staying because of meaningless statements about how he “loves it here”, blah blah blah… the same kind of meaningless statements he has made everywhere else before bolting.

  9. bamafan36 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:33 AM

    LOL. I have no fear. When he leaves, Bama will STILL be Bama. We will still be relevant, we will still recruit, and I will STILL be a lifelong and true Bama fan. And, I will still respect and admire what he did while at our program. That’s something some they fanbase’s could learn from. LSU would still be stuck with leaning on in-door track & field, of not for Nick Saban. Michigan State would still be stuck on hockey. Y’all can thank him for making y’all relevant. Because we’ll thank him for bringing us 4 titles…and counting. And we’ll do that, even if he goes back to LSU. Now, if he goes to the cow college, it may get ugly…..

  10. thefiesty1 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:12 AM

    So, arrogant regents and boosters need to reexamine their self importance.

  11. dcroz says: Sep 28, 2013 10:20 AM

    mcjon22:

    The problem with your argument is that you think Saban has moved from place to place solely for the sake of doing so. Every move he made before coming to Tuscaloosa has been a move up from where he was before. Head coach of the Toledo Rockets for a year, then he gets the offer to be an assistant on the Cleveland Browns; a step up. He then gets an offer to be the head coach at Michigan State, a Big Ten school that has had success in the past; a step up. After five years, he gets the call from LSU, an SEC school that has had success in the past, plus is in a state that produces lots of recruits and is close to the hotbeds of Texas and Florida; a step up. After five years, two SEC titles, and one national title, he gets the call to become the head coach for the Miami Dolphins; step up to an NFL job. It’s when he got there and found out that it was not the same NFL that he had left a decade earlier–one where the players have much more control than what they’d had when Saban was at Cleveland–plus Terry hated Miami that he figured out that he was more cut out to be a college coach than an NFL one, and so took the Alabama job.

    Now, what college in the country is a step up from Alabama? He’s won three national titles in four years, he’s had the top-rated recruiting class five out of the last six years, the facilities he has are among the best anywhere, he has the full support of everyone, he has total autonomy, Terry is happy as a lark…where would he have more than what he has now? Texas is, at best, a lateral move, and I can guarantee that none of those boosters or regents would keep their hands off the program and let Saban run things as he wants, because it is autonomy that drives Saban far more than cash. He could not run the Dolphins as he saw fit, and it drove him nuts and out of the NFL. If he did go to Austin, he’d leave after a few years for the same reason, though I’m sure he’s more than smart enough to know what it would be like there before making any move out west. And, as he has said on several occasions, he has regretted leaving LSU since he discovered that the NFL wasn’t what he had hoped, so I’m sure he doesn’t want to make that mistake again. As Terry has asked him before, “You’ve got everything you’ve always wanted; if you’re not happy now, you never will be.”

  12. kdbroom says: Sep 28, 2013 11:26 AM

    It doesn’t take 45 minutes to say “He’s not interested.” Saban and his agent are certainly listening. There’s something brewing underneath. It may not result in Saban leaving, but it could. At a minimum, Saban and his agent will shake down Bama for a few more million dollars each year. Book it.

  13. dcroz says: Sep 28, 2013 11:40 AM

    Remember two things: This was back in January, not the other day, so I’d think if anything was brewing it would have blossomed into something significant by now. Second, Sexton represents dozens of coaches, not just Saban. Included in that total are Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart. The conversation could very well have been a “If not Saban, then what about these guys?” sort. But, considering how Mack Brown is still on the sidelines in Austin, this is pretty much an academic exercise until that is no longer the case.

  14. kdbroom says: Sep 28, 2013 11:54 AM

    My interpretation is that Saban’s agent said “Whenever you resolve the Mack Brown issue, then we can talk further. However, Saban doesn’t want to be part of pushing him out.”

    You’re Utopian if you think a 45-minute discussion quickly shifted to Sexton’s other principals.

  15. deadeye says: Sep 28, 2013 2:31 PM

    1) Saban has a history of denying interest when there really is interest. It’s really not his fault though, the media ask no-win questions that require him to say “I’n not going anywhere”.

    2) Texas has the resources to hire anyone, true. But the real incentive here might be an arrangement whereby Saban coaches the Longhorns until the ship is righted, and then steps into the AD position when Dodds steps down in a few years.

    3) It doesn’t take 45 minutes to say “No thanks”.

    My guess is that nothing comes of it, but realistically there is some interest here on Saban’s part.

  16. normtide says: Sep 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    Every other fan base wants Saban out of Alabama. He may leave, if he does I’ll wish him the best. He has earned his keep here. And yes, an agent will always push all if his clients. That’s their job.

    Coaches change jobs, get used to it. Some LSU fans need to get past it. He rebuilt your program, and you have a good coach. Move on. I know there has been a love/hate deal with miles, but he us still there. Accept him.

  17. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 28, 2013 4:18 PM

    45 minutes of foreplay.

  18. maestroh33 says: Sep 28, 2013 4:40 PM

    I love how everybody who was not privy to conversations is absolutely sure they know what was said.

    Here’s the part I’ve never understood: ever since the first rumor of “Saban to Texas” took root in 2011, nobody has yet explained to me how going to Texas fits anything about Nick Saban at all. I hear he’s a mercernary, but he took less money to leave Miami for Alabama. I hear he likes “challenges” and “program building,” but Texas is not in all that bad of shape and really – in the same breath they talk about the “challenge,” everyone mentions all the resources at Texas that prove winning there ought to be incredibly easy. In other words, they are basically saying, “Saban wants it easy and it’s easy to win in Texas,” which contradicts the argument.

    I’m also told “well Texas can pay him more.” But Alabama is NOT Iowa State or Vandy here – if Texas offered him $20 million a year as head coach (which they won’t), Alabama could match it without blinking. Texas fans are seemingly unaware that just because Alabama doesn’t have Longhorn money that doesn’t mean you can just hire the guy because you want him.

    Nick Saban might well go somewhere. Or he might not. But here’s the catch – even if he denies interest in Texas, what do you think will happen? Stories showing his denying interest while with Miami will be juxtaposed with his most recent denial.

    And finally can somebody answer me this – if Texas is such a damn good place to coach, why have they hired nothing but mediocre head coaches (Mack Brown excepted) since Darrell Royal retired? All that money and they’ve hired losers like Fred Akers, David McWilliams, and John Mackovic. And keep in mind that Mack Brown was their THIRD choice for the job in 1997. Gary Barnett turned Texas down and stayed at Northwestern – so it’s obviously NOT the appealing job a lot of folks think it is.

  19. texizz says: Sep 30, 2013 9:53 AM

    The conversation may has well lasted 45 seconds. Why on earth would Saban leave the best coaching job in college football to go to a school that is controlled by Old Money Alumni school like Texas?

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