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AP: Saban would only leave Alabama for Texas, feeling pressure

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Jimmy Sexton, Nick Saban‘s agent, told Texas officials in January Saban’s success with Alabama had put him under “special pressure,” according to the Associated Press. As previously reported, Saban’s agent had these discussions back in January with Texas regents. Those talks lasted about 45 minutes according to the September report.

The bar has been set high at Alabama of course, and Saban is a huge reason why. In a stretch that has seen the sEC win seven straight BCS championships, Alabama has won three of the last four and is on pace to play for a third straight BCS title. For as storied a program as Alabama is, anything short of a championship is deemed a failure or a mistake with the system. With Alabama the lone undefeated team left in the SEC, the pressure is on Alabama to put the conference on their shoulders and keep the BCS championship streak alive in the final year of the BCS system.

Is that the pressure Saban’s agent is referring to, or is there more to the story? Saban has dealt with a number of problems with players including sports agents, alleged performance enhancing drug use by players and the need to suspend players for various infractions from time to time. Perhaps that is part of the equation as well, although these sorts of problems tend to happen almost anywhere you look. But things are different at Alabama.

But wait, there’s more to the story. It may just be agent speak, but Saban’s agent also informed the Texas officials in this meeting that Texas would be the only program Saban would leave Alabama for.

“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,” Texas regent Tom Hicks wrote in documents obtained by the AP.

this should come as little surprise, given that Texas would be the only school likely to be able to pay Saban enough money to lure him away from Alabama. With a new AD in place in Austin and changes looming with the football program, don’t expect Saban’s name to go away so quietly even if there is no chance he would leave Alabama.

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55 Responses to “AP: Saban would only leave Alabama for Texas, feeling pressure”
  1. jzone954 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:02 PM

    Enjoy him while it lasts Bama….
    He will book eventually.

  2. irishdodger says: Nov 5, 2013 8:02 PM

    If that happened, the whole state of Alabama (or at least Tide fans) would be on suicide watch.

  3. suprmous says: Nov 5, 2013 8:08 PM

    At least he’s leavin the door wide open for speculation that he’d leave Bama where he’s never given the Good People of LSU, Michigan, and Miami that much. And to all of you Buzzards and Buzzardetts out there who insist on puttin him on a pedistal I hope you read this loud and clear and get the message. At least by readin this you’ll see the God you seem to have made Saban out to be really will move and not think 2 thoughts about it and could care less what your loyality to him is. For the Diva(s) who insists on my attackin their coach I hope you have your eyes wide open now, isn’t it ironic how feelin pressure relates to more $$? Get real people and realize some of us have valid feeelins for feelin the way we do. And for the sake of Satday, my hearts with both Bama and LSU. The Holy Terror 3 played for Bama as I’ve stated and I love my brothers dearly and I love my LSU Tigers football team as well. You can’t deal with that that’s your problem so take it and bite me. From my heart I’ve always had a soft spot for those who played at Bama equally as I do for the teams at LSU..

  4. cometkazie says: Nov 5, 2013 8:12 PM

    LSU survived his leaving ID, I’m sure ‘Bama would, too. Even won another national championship.

    One could make the case that he could engage in one more building a power and then retire.

    Makes sense, but who knows?

  5. js20011041 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:20 PM

    As much as it would thrill me for the SEC to lose a coach like Saban, this is more than likely Saban’s agent letting Alabama know that in order to keep him, they’re going to have to pony up. On the other hand, how much could Texas pay him? $10 million/year? $15 million/year? When it comes to resources, Texas can offer everything that Alabama can and then some.

  6. normtide says: Nov 5, 2013 8:23 PM

    Honestly, if Saban decided to leave, I would wish him the best, except when he faced the SEC. The man had given Bama more then anyone could ask for. I have to say though, any school that posts him more then Bama does will expect results. Texas would want the same success he has given the Tide. I’m afraid that pressure will follow him wherever he goes. As for now, I’m going to enjoy what we have at Alabama. Regardless of what happens thus season, I doubt any program will match what the Crimson Tide has done in a six season time frame.

    I would like to know from Texas fans. If you pay him $7 million+ a year, would you expect to compete for a national title every year? I understand the agent’s statement, but any Saban coached team will have expectations.

    Also would wonder how much being in the SEC aids in his success. Thus would be a different situation than Meyer is in. OSU really hadn’t played stiff competition yet.

  7. bender4700 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:27 PM

    Saban always gets pissed off when they connect him with open, or soon to be open jobs, as if people have no reason to expect him to bolt.

    Poor guy

    Signed Michigan State fans
    Signed LSU fans
    Signed Dolphins fans

  8. dcroz says: Nov 5, 2013 8:45 PM

    Everyone seems to be missing an important piece of information here: the source. And the source in question is a former Texas regent, Tom Hicks, and again concerns the conversation that some of the regents had with Jimmy Sexton all the way back in January. How convenient that this would happen to come out the week of the LSU game, and some TEN MONTHS after it was supposedly said. So how much stock does one put into this?

    As it is, to state that Saban is under “special pressure” at Alabama when he’d be under far more pressure in Austin with notoriously meddlesome, big-money Texas boosters and politicians seems rather silly. He’s have no patience for it, and I doubt he’d get them to back down the way he was able to do so in Tuscaloosa. But, time will tell.

  9. fiverings37 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:50 PM

    Somewhere in Texas, Mack Brown is nervous.

  10. dcroz says: Nov 5, 2013 8:52 PM

    Oh, and it also occurs to me that the report about the meeting between Sexton and the regents came out a couple months ago…in fact, it was the week of the Texas A&M game, if I remember correctly. So, news of the meeting for Game of the Year I, claims that Saban would leave for Texas because of pressure at Alabama for Game of the Year II…just what are they going to release about this conversation for Game of the Year III (Auburn)? That Sexton named a price?

  11. bender4700 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:54 PM

    “Also would wonder how much being in the SEC aids in his success. Thus would be a different situation than Meyer is in. OSU really hadn’t played stiff competition yet.”

    This is why the SEC gets so much hate from outside the SEC. Not even close to realistic.

    This notion that LSU losing 1 or 2 conference games, or Georgia, or A&M now, and anyone else is somehow much better than a Big Ten school losing 1 game is soooooooooo beyond ridiculous.

    The SEC is the top, but for the love of God, you aren’t the NFL. “Stiffer” competition, with Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee all of which are at .500 or below. 8 of the 14 are above .500. The Big Ten, 8 of the 12 teams are above .500. Do the math, that means more Big Ten teams are above .500 by percentage than the SEC. Three Big Ten teams are winless in the conference, two are winless in the SEC against conference opponents. That’s really not that big of a gap. The bottom of the SEC is bad, as bad as the bottom of the Big Ten.

    The rest of the country doesn’t hate the SEC because they keep winning, they hate the SEC because they aren’t bright enough to see 4 key factors:

    1. ESPN has a financial incentive to tell you how good you are. Ratings. They make money of feeding you what you want to hear. They want you posting on the stories, watching, and doing all the money making activities they want you to do. CFT does too. And it’s ok.

    2. Perception. Most media members are inundated with SEC hype and press because the engaged fan ratio is higher in the south where there are less distractions. NY could give a crap about football outside the NFL, simply too much to do. For every PAC-12 engaged fan (fan who posts online, watches and reads stories) there are several more SEC fans. That isn’t a compliment nor an insult. Fan A living in Alabama has less activity going on around him on a given evening than Fan B in LA, or NY, or Miami (see Miami game attendance College and Pro), and so on.

    3. Scheduling. The SEC every year has 1 non-conference game late in the year. They’ve done it every year for awhile. Most teams play a non-conference, non FBS team sometimes while others are playing conference opponents. This means that while Alabama plays Alabama State School for Average Height Males, Ohio State is playing Penn State. You don’t think a soft game where starters sit early doesn’t help in the late season push? It certainly has an effect, isn’t wrong, but it EXISTS! So it needs to be acknowledged.

    4. Reality check. The SEC will keep getting the Title nod for ratings, not merit. ESPN doesn’t want Alabama in the Orange Bowl against Florida State while Oregon plays Ohio State in the National Title game. You don’t think that because the ratings don’t result in an SEC team getting an automatic bid? Why else has an SEC team been in the title game 7 straight years? Or whatever it is. Alabama was better than Oregon last year? Better for ratings, you bet. If the top 4 win out, Alabama gets the media vote without question, WHY? RATINGS. They want to see Alabama play *insert team* so they can SELL you their product. Watching ESPN is buying their product. Check your cable bill, it goes up because ESPN keeps raising the price. ESPN.com has A LOT of stuff to sell you. You think they get the same ratings and traffic if an SEC team isn’t involved.

    Fan involvement and love DOES NOT mean the conference is better on the field.

    We get it SEC, you have an amazing run going, but for the sake of all that is intelligent, think about it on realistic terms.

    Again, SEC fan, you aren’t hated because you win, but because you are ignorant.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 5, 2013 8:56 PM

    So what happens if Texas wins out and goes to a BCS bowl? You can’t fire Mack after that, can you?

  13. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 5, 2013 9:03 PM

    Again, SEC fan, you aren’t hated because you win, but because you are ignorant.

    This couldn’t be further from the truth. If the SEC didn’t win people wouldn’t care. I do agree with the ESPN stuff, which is the reason I don’t watch much ESPN. They have agendas. I’m not a hockey fan by any means, but since they don’t have hockey TV contracts they don’t spend much time on the sport.

    About Saban, he’s going to have pressure to win no matter where he is. Texas fans have championships on their minds. Mack Brown feels the same pressure.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 5, 2013 9:04 PM

    bender4700 says:
    Nov 5, 2013 8:54 PM

    This means that while Alabama plays Alabama State School for Average Height Males, Ohio State is playing Penn State.
    __________________________

    Yeah but it also means that Bama is playing VTech or Michigan in week 1 while OSU is playing Buffalo.

    I understand your argument of using Alabama St. or whoever as a free bye. But they can schedule bye weeks late in the year if they want to, and often do. Both LSU and Bama had the week off. Both A&M and LSU are taking the week off before that game.

    But I think I’d rather schedule a bye later in the year than use a D2 team like your insinuating than play a tough opponent in week 1 when you may not be sure what your strengths and weaknesses are yet.

  15. vols84 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:14 PM

    He’s in his sixties. He ain’t going anywhere. This is a ploy for Bammer to pay up more money. If he does leave, does his statue go with him?

  16. Jason Young Guy says: Nov 5, 2013 9:17 PM

    Oh please, good try in building the game up. Nick is being paid more than LSU and the Dophins combined, and as he stated publicly he’s too old to try and start over. So Roll Tide, haters..

  17. teambringitstrong says: Nov 5, 2013 9:33 PM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight but man are there some bitter folks STILL in East Lansing, Baton Rouge and Miami Gardens.

    But what I’m interested in is the conversation between Saban and Sexton. I mean, let’s say, just for the sake of saying that Saban didn’t authorize that conversation…………
    But understanding that Sexton also represents the likes of Spurrier, Kiffin if I were folks in Tuscaloosa and Red Elephant Nation, I’d be a little nervous.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 5, 2013 9:36 PM

    bender4700 says:
    Nov 5, 2013 8:54 PM

    Fan involvement and love DOES NOT mean the conference is better on the field.

    We get it SEC, you have an amazing run going, but for the sake of all that is intelligent, think about it on realistic terms.
    ————————–

    On top of the national championship streak, the SEC has been the conference with the most draft picks every year for at least the last 5 years. (Far back as I looked)… So it’s not just ESPN pumping it up, or fan engagement. It’s NFL coaches and GMs that think the SEC is the best conference as well.

    Ironically, you say the reason we think the SEC is the best due to high fan engagement and high touch coverage on ESPN, but I say those are the actual reasons why the SEC is the best conference. The SEC gets the best players because they are always on SportsCenter and high fan engagement makes the game day atmosphere across the conference outstanding.

  19. irishdodger says: Nov 5, 2013 9:48 PM

    I’m not a Bama fan but I’ll be the first to acknowledge that Saban is the best coach in the nation & I give him the lion’s share of the credit for the current BCS streak that the SEC enjoys. Saban built LSU & then he re-built Bama and has four NCs to show for it. That’s phenomenal. Sorry LSU fans, I don’t rank Miles anywhere near Saban or Urban Meyer. Congrats on the NC u won w/ Miles b/c they took care of business in the game that counted, but the fact that it took other teams choking (WVU for one) to allow LSU to back into the game w/ two losses just isn’t as impressive as what Urban & Nick did at their respective schools. I’m not an Urban Meyer fan but what he’s done at every stop in his career is impressive & he’s young enough to still reach Saban status.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:51 PM

    No matter how much UT would offer Saban, Alabama would match it and give him a raise to stay. Dream on Horns.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 5, 2013 9:56 PM

    @thefiesty1

    It won’t be the money that will draw Saban away from Tuscaloosa. It will either be upcoming sanctions, he just wants a new challenge, or he’s sick of Bryant’s shadow. Maybe a combination of those.

    But while Texas has a lot of money, Bama is # 4 on the list.

  22. Deb says: Nov 5, 2013 10:18 PM

    bender4700 …

    Don’t know if you’re a bigger jackass your conclusion or for expecting anyone to actually read more than your conclusion.

  23. Deb says: Nov 5, 2013 10:24 PM

    People have a right to change jobs whenever they choose. If Nick chooses to go to Texas, he’ll leave Alabama with at least three more trophies and a boatload of great recruits. I’ll be grateful we had him and wish him well.

    The only annoying thing about this report is the bit about “special pressures.” Houston Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke on the field during Sunday night’s game. He’s been under a lot of pressure this season. That’s life for any NFL or Division I football coach. Saban isn’t dealing with anymore pressure than Mack Brown, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, or any other coach in a program that pays well and requires results. The perfection expected at Alabama is expected by Nick Saban, so that pressure he’ll carry with him to any program.

  24. Deb says: Nov 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    Oh good grief, I wish you guys would get an edit feature. That message to bender4700 was supposed to say I didn’t know if he was a bigger jackass for his idiotic conclusions about the SEC or for expecting us to read anymore of that dissertation than just the conclusion.

  25. spd4r8trs says: Nov 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    Bender4700

    SEC is the best conference, and it is not even close.

    7 straight NC’s, and those are played on the field. Heck on NC was SEC vs SEC.

    You should sit down now…

  26. normtide says: Nov 5, 2013 10:44 PM

    Bender- did I hit a nerve? Espn has a huge contact with Texas, but I don’t see much Texas love there. Espn has a Contract with the B1 as well. In fact they deal with every league. The truth to the myth is- CBS actually has the lead contract with the SEC. They have first pick of the games. Maybe espn is just trying to help CBS? The sec network didn’t come into play until this year. Another fact, the SEC is the top recruiting league, sitting on the top region for top recruits. There are clear advantages to coaching in the SEC. Why would a coach leave Madison Wisconsin for NW Arkansas? Your point is seen as hating because you refuse to see things that are facts. I doubt an AP voter at an Iowa newspaper cares what ratings CBS or espn gets.

    As for your others points, it sounds like your league needs better fans. If college football isn’t a big deal to you, why go to the trouble of hating the SEC? You paint yourself into a corner with that.

    For the record, I think Kentucky would beat Purdue. Who you plays matters when it comes to records.

  27. jimmy53 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    Apparently, you all are not used to agent Jimmy Sexton. This is his whole game. He does this with Jimbo Fisher EVERY TIME there is an opening somewhere. He gives the impression that his client is looking around so that he can drive up their current contract.

  28. normtide says: Nov 5, 2013 10:54 PM

    Yes Jimmy, this is a classic agent move. The more the client makes, the more they make. But, I wouldn’t rule out Saban leaving. I try to appreciate what we have done, while looking forward. Hey, look at LSU and MSU, they both carried on what he started. I expect Bama would do the same.

  29. earz4lsu says: Nov 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    Here’s my thinking on this whole argument of will he stay or will he go.

    Saban like all coaches at his level want to be recognized as the best. To accomplish this you have to set yourself apart or above your peers and so far Saban has done that. 4 NC’s at two schools in the toughest conference while having to rebuild both times is/should be enough but the ego is still there.

    So can I see him sitting in his large den, stroking a white cat plotting the destruction of the world thinking, hmmmm let’s see. Eventually all dynasties fall, Texas is one of the top 3 states for HS talent, and while i’m at it make “ONE BILLION DOLLARS.”

    Sure he is probably not going to leave, and he has stated he is too old to start over. Just like he was not interested in the LSU job. Or just like he wasn’t leaving LSU for Miami or the fact that he wasn’t interested in the Bama Job.

  30. thermanmerman99 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:10 PM

    it was funny watching dwarfboy saban give a press conference about the miami dolphins situation,, trying to sound all sincere and genuine, yet when this snake was coaching ironically enough the dolphins, a player was convulsing on the field and dwarfboy saban stepped right over him in disgust, didnt even check on the player, former dolphins players were concerned for the players life,, yet dwarfboy saban could care less, yet his dumb inbred double wide tide trailer park alabama trash fans seem to think this guy is the greatest individual who ever lived. i guess their trailer park wife beating mentality in gumpland fits right in with snakes like saban

  31. Deb says: Nov 5, 2013 11:13 PM

    @earz4lsu …

    Omigosh … I may never get the image of Saban and that white cat out of my head!! LOL

  32. normtide says: Nov 5, 2013 11:14 PM

    Therman- you sound very intelligent and classy. Clearly you have a right to judge my state.

  33. allan357 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:15 PM

    As a devout fan of one of the other teams in the Big 12, I hope he stays the hell out of this conference.

  34. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 5, 2013 11:20 PM

    Mack Brown aint going anywhere, and the new AD isn’t going to fire him.

    Mack needs 12 or 13 more wins to pass DKR on the all time wins list at Texas. He’ll get the chance to do it.

  35. florida727 says: Nov 6, 2013 12:04 AM

    bender4700 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:54 PM

    3. Scheduling. The SEC every year has 1 non-conference game late in the year. They’ve done it every year for awhile. Most teams play a non-conference, non FBS team sometimes while others are playing conference opponents. This means that while Alabama plays Alabama State School for Average Height Males, Ohio State is playing Penn State.

    ———————————————

    Florida plays Florida State
    Tennessee finishes the season with 7 SEC games
    Georgia plays Georgia Tech
    Arkansas finishes the season with 8 SEC games
    LSU finishes the season with 3 SEC games
    Auburn finishes the season with 4 SEC games
    South Carolina plays Clemson
    Missouri finishes the season with 8 SEC games
    TX A&M finishes the season with 3 SEC games
    Alabama plays Auburn

    Just curious, you starting to feel stupid yet?
    Try a little research before pointing out the “flaws” is SEC scheduling please.

  36. louhudson23 says: Nov 6, 2013 3:51 AM

    Must be LSU week. Distracting rumors,anyone?

  37. bamafan10 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:02 AM

    One thing is for certain .. Everyone in this country either loves Nick Saban or hates him .. and the news media will go out of their way to make a story that is full of BS just to get everyone upset and glaring at a bunch of crap .. Alabama fans are more than familiar what its like to lose a great coach and rebuild a program .. we just went thru several yrs of trial and error .. We were very fortunate to get a coach like Nick Saban .. and hope we get to keep him for as long as he is willing to stay with us .. I can guarantee you that he is only under pressure because there are so many in this country that would like to see him fail but I believe he is intelligent enough to know that he has some good people behind him to help him acheive what he wants to accomplish .. He also know that where ever he goes if he does and if he is sucessful he will have the same problem .. So changing schools will not make the pressure go away just add to a list of reputational swaps if he chooses to make them .. Bama fans are not afraid of loosing Saban we are smart enough to know its his choice to stay or to go .. but while he is here we are gonna do everything in our power to make his stay welcome and comfortable .. So If you think we treat him like a king maybe you are right .. After all the man has earned the position and respect .. Thank you Nick Saban we are honored to have you .. one of your Bama Fans …

  38. cometkazie says: Nov 6, 2013 7:36 AM

    It’s just like turning a rock over and watching the icky creatures squirming.

  39. bamagirl082470 says: Nov 6, 2013 8:41 AM

    To be the most hated man in college football, there sure a lot of y’all who want him to coach at your school……Saban’s not going anywhere. Just sayin’……

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  40. floridacock says: Nov 6, 2013 9:56 AM

    Ultimately it’s all about the money. There would be no less pressure at Texas.

  41. LogicalConsideration says: Nov 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    From the revulsion expressed by so many, you would think the Saban was the first coach to ever climb a career ladder of moving from lower profile jobs to medium profile to high profile.

    It’s as childish as hating someone you once dated in your 20s who dumped you for someone they felt was better for them.

    And, please, enough with the sanctimonious condemnation of Saban’s exit from the Dolphins. If he tells the truth, “I am leaving for Alabama as soon as the season is over.” then you all you be condemning him for quitting on his team in the middle of the season. If he ducks the question (“No comment” or the equivalent) then the answer is there for all to see anyway. By lying, he actually was doing his best to hold the team together for what remained of a losing season.

    It’s funny the way this article was worded. The fact that this quote has surfaced now isn’t a sign Saban is about to leave. You have to look at WHEN the agent made the statement (I take it as true that he said it.). Back in January. That was months before the rumors surfaced and months before Saban said, “I’m too old to start over somewhere else.” The logical conclusion is that Saban at least considered leaving, but subsequentl y decided it wasn’t for him. The agent’s quote isn’t recent, it’s just recently surfaced.

    That said, even if he leaves, Alabama fans won’t be taking permanent leave of their senses and saying “You lied when you said you were too old to start over.” This is the reality of modern coaching. Coaches leave all the time. Sometimes for a better job or more money; sometimes because they feel like a current job has run its course. We will be appreciative of what he did and wish him well.

    For those who want to click thumbs down on this, I challenge you to answer two questions. 1) What would you have coaches say when asked in the middle of a season “Are you leaving for X job?” that tells the truth but doesn’t leave their current team feeling abandoned midseason? 2) Why single Saban out from among all the hundreds of football coaches who’ve been put on the spot like this.

  42. dkhhuey says: Nov 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    As a Buckeye grad – I can only say that Saban is a great coach and a great recruiter! He and Urban are destined to meet in the NC game over the next few years wherever he may land! Personally, I hope he stays at Bama because that would be an awesome game to watch!!!

  43. cometkazie says: Nov 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    Paul Dietzel did that in the early sixties and came back as AD (to fire Cholly Mac). He maintained ties to LSU up until he died earlier this year. We would have our annual chat every year when he presented an award at the Seniors’ Day Track Meet.

    Pat Henry left to coach at aTm, mainly, it is said, to coach against the UT coach, who subsequently left under some sort of cloud. aTm was invited at least once a year to LSU home meets. You could tell where Pat was as there would be a circle of people around him.

    Life happens and we do best when we get out of the way.

  44. realfootballfan says: Nov 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    If he were at any other job, I’d say he was gone. However, Alabama is the best job in college football. They would write a blank check to him and let him fill in the zeroes, something I doubt even Texas would do. This is the same program who paid that unprecedented salary that he was getting with the Dolphins just because he was who they wanted, and I doubt they see anyone else who would be as good a fit right now. Jimbo Fisher has the recruiting chops, but he’s a much more inferior coach. They won’t let Saban leave unless he truly wants to and I doubt that’s the case right now.

  45. ningenito78 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    @Deb- glad you were able to clear up exactly how you wanted to call that poster a jackass. Now go stick your head in an Alabama colored oven and turn it up.

  46. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 1:28 PM

    All these SEC/Alabama haters show so much class.

  47. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 2:10 PM

    @ningenito78 …

    Yes, I think it’s jackassery when posters ramble on and on about how the SEC teams that have won the last seven straight national titles aren’t really good teams, it’s all media smoke and mirrors. I also think it’s jackassery when guys like you tell other commenters to go and kill themselves because you’re incapable of rationally discussing the sport. You and bender4700 would make a lovely couple. Be sure to post where I should send your wedding china.

  48. louhudson23 says: Nov 6, 2013 2:10 PM

    Coaches rarely move down…so why would anyone think he would go to Texas. Texas has nowhere near the history and prestige that is Alabama’s to go along with recent success. They play in an inferior conference with nowhere near the history and prestige of the SEC to go along with recent success. And Alabama is certainly going to come up with the jack to keep him. He has them eating out his hand on campus and no “oil bidness” buffoons hounding him…also much,much,much better looking uniforms in a much more ecologically diverse and beautiful state with half the population that literally bleeds Crimson and the other half that sports a much prettier shade of Orange….his wife loves it there and so do his kids(young adults)….Saban is at home,rich,successful, mindful and grateful of the great opportunity and position he holds….Texas…sheesh….

  49. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 2:16 PM

    @LogicalConsideration …

    Great post. In fact, Saban did tell reporters “no comment” every day at the mandatory NFL press conference, but they refused his pleas to stick to the Dolphins. I doubt many of his critics have faced down a mob of relentless reporters–they’re like rabid dogs who won’t let go. He should have just left the podium, but he screwed up and finally said he wouldn’t be coaching at Bama just to shut them up. At least he didn’t say they’d carry him out of Miami in a pine box. Still, six years later, it’s the story that won’t die … which is why these Texas rumors are also making headlines on ProFootballTalk.com.

  50. gatorprof says: Nov 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    Saban usually upgrades when he leaves a program.

    LSU > MSU

    NFL > LSU (or at least he thought at the time)

    Alabama > Dolphins

    No one in their right mind considers Texas to be a better job than Bama.

    This happened in January. His assistants received raises. Bama will open up the pocket book everything something like this is leaked.

    If Saban continues, Bear will be the second best coach Bama ever had.

  51. realfootballfan says: Nov 6, 2013 3:13 PM

    gatorprof,

    This is exactly the case. When he was in Miami, his wife was unhappy, which was pointed out by multiple writers on the Dolphin beat, and Saban had said privately that they made a mistake in leaving Baton Rouge. Trading for Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees along with Alabama willing to match his NFL salary made it a no brainer.

    What would he be gaining in a move to Texas? The only attraction would be the ability to totally dominate that conference along the lines of what Urban Meyer did, but I don’t think he’s hurting for that since he’s doing it in the SEC, the cream of the crop athletically in college football nor do I think someone with Saban’s expectation for greatness would change jobs for such a petty reason.

    Texas fans who actually think they can outbid Alabama are delusional to their standing in the pecking order behind Alabama and how powerful the Alabama football program really is. They would pay him $25 million a year and wouldn’t blink at it. With competition and money off of the table, the only way he’d leave would be for family reasons, and that’s obviously not a problem like it was in Miami.

  52. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    Today Saban again stared “I’m totally committed to the University of Alabama”. You can bring the dolphins all you want, but I will take him for his word. Until I have a reason not to.

  53. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 6, 2013 5:04 PM

    goodfieldnohit says: Nov 5, 2013 11:20 PM

    Mack Brown aint going anywhere, and the new AD isn’t going to fire him.
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    Sports analysts in Houston are saying that the reason the Tsips brought in Patterson is he has a relationship with Saban that they believe he can leverage into delivering Saban.

    But if I’m not mistaken, I believe the Cleveland Browns tried that strategy too last year bringing in Lombardi as team president.

    As @logicalconsideration said, (who is obviously much more logical than @logicalvoicesays) don’t listen to anything Saban says mid season.

  54. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 6, 2013 5:57 PM

    Right state, wrong team.

    Saban will be the Dallas Cowboys head coach in 2014. He should be smart enough to bring his quarterback with him with their 1st round pick.

  55. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 10:35 PM

    8to80texansblog says:

    As @logicalconsideration said, (who is obviously much more logical than @logicalvoice) says
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    First thought “logicalconsideration,” was the other guy, too, but you’re right … he made too much sense to be the resident nut at PFT ;)

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