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Mack Brown on Saban rumors: ‘if I do my job, there won’t be any job open to get’

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A too-damn-old Nick Saban has done his part to quash speculation, brought about in large part by a reported meeting Texas regents held with the Alabama head coach’s agent, connecting him to a job that may or may not be open in the near future.

The man currently manning that job, Mack Brown, has consistently sidestepped the rumors about his future with the Longhorns.  A recent surge that’s left the Longhorns tied with Baylor (in the loss column) atop the Big 12 standings has quieted the speculation somewhat, but the ever-present whirring of the rumor mill machine can still be heard off in the distance.

Appearing on the Tim Brando Show Friday, Brown (somewhat) addressed the speculation regarding his future and Saban’s name being attached to a future opening at his expense.

“Nick is a friend and he’s done a tremendous job at Alabama,” Brown said by way of “Nick’s not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick. So I don’t have to worry about that. And if I do my job, there won’t be any job to be open to get, so I think that’s the other thing.”

Of course, up until mid-September, Brown hadn’t been doing his job for the last couple of years, at least not doing it up to his previous standards.  More than anything, the malaise the UT football program has found itself in under Brown has been the overriding factor in the Saban speculation.

If Brown continues to win, the rumors will fade into the background.  If he doesn’t?  Regardless of how baseless most consider it to be, the Saban-to-Texas speculation will be the ever-present elephant squatting in Brown’s living room.

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14 Responses to “Mack Brown on Saban rumors: ‘if I do my job, there won’t be any job open to get’”
  1. Deb says: Nov 15, 2013 1:03 PM

    Bless his heart (in a good way). Mack must feel like the guy whose relatives start fighting over his estate while the doctors are still trying to save him.

    If Nick wants to go, he’d leave with my thanks and best wishes (unless he stuck a note to the locker-room door and skipped out in the middle of the season like Petrino did to the Falcons). But he’s nearing retirement and thinking about his legacy. The opportunity to match or best Bear Bryant would be a mighty temptation.

  2. hoopsvader says: Nov 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    Bama has excellent facilities and the SEC does a great job of marketing their brand to recruits on playing in the best conference. And Saban gets to pick the recruits he wants. Saban will retire at Bama.

  3. dcroz says: Nov 15, 2013 1:27 PM

    Saban is not going to Texas regardless of Brown’s situation. There is far too much politicking and interference in Austin to suit his tastes. As I have said before, Saban does have a ton of other options away from the field he may want to do after the season is over, but he is not going somewhere that he is not in complete control of his program, no matter how much money is involved.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    Deb says;

    ” Mack must feel like the guy whose relatives start fighting over his estate while the doctors are still trying to save him.”


    LMAO!….Nice analogy there Deb..

    Unfortunately being in the medical field for the last 25 years, we see all too often the family members that swoop in like buzzards when the end of life draws near….

  5. thefiesty1 says: Nov 15, 2013 2:24 PM

    The rumors will be flying higher than high if the Horns lose to Okie State tomorrow and the new AD on board.

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 15, 2013 2:29 PM

    You think Saban leaves Bama with the recruiting class he is amassing to go to Texas and start at ground zero with a Baylor program way ahead of him,
    a consistent Oklahoma State program, and OU?


    Saban stays because he doesn’t want to do the LHN and Alabama throws ONE BILLION dollars at him.

    Sorry, ever since the post on Dr Evil and the white cat, I can’t shake that eye worm.


  7. sallust99 says: Nov 15, 2013 2:51 PM

    The Horns once again Legends in their own minds.

    Chance of Saban bolting for Austin – 0.0.

    All he is doing is playing horns against bama to get a little more dough from bama.

    Happens all the time.

    Yet, the horns have actually convinced themselves that he is coming? LMFAO!!!!!!!

  8. tgaustin says: Nov 15, 2013 3:21 PM

    Look, I won’t believe it until it happens…and I still think it’s all for not. However, my friends in those really high places have said they are ready to offer him a 10yr 100million contract…these same people have been spot on with everthing else that happens in the AD. I don’t think it will happen, that being said, my peeps say it’s a done deal…so who knows.

  9. blazertop says: Nov 15, 2013 3:59 PM


  10. basebuck says: Nov 15, 2013 5:59 PM

    Nick satan stays at bama! Wish he would come back to big 10…would love to compete with him in our league!

  11. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:05 PM

    Bama had a $16M surplus last year thanks to Saban. If Texas offers $10 million, Bama will match. They will give him every reason to stay. If he leaves it will be for other reasons, but he will stay.

    Btw, the problem is Mack that you haven’t been doing your job until 5 weeks ago so people aren’t sure you still can.

  12. stapletonrc says: Nov 16, 2013 2:00 AM

    I am a UT fan and one that is honest and to the point. There have been and will always be those coaches (who inherit good players) who win championships. These coaches are NOT to be confused with those coaches who make good players out of bad ones. Mack Brown has always been a horrible coach who had a few good players. Whenever UT does not have any outstanding players, Matt lose games that he should have won. He never plays his good players; therefore, most fans do not know that “A” listed players from State Championship teams NEVER see a game. The reason for this is that Mr. Brown does what is popular. If alumni or a famous person has a son on the team, that player will play regardless of skills. Because of McCoy and Shipley’s fathers, their sons get overwhelming playing time in spite of better players on the team. I will never forget Mack Brown refusal to play Vince Young as quarterback even though Vince did extremely well and won games. It wasn’t until the alumni had a change of heart and told him to start Vince. By the way, Mack Brown is the most disliked coach among coaches. They do not dislike him because of his record; they dislike him because he has the best talent each year and does not know how to use it. The last two games were luck slanted in our favor. What about the last three games with Big 12 powerhouses? It is time for Mack to go! At best, it should be said that he lucked out and was at UT when talented players were on the team. It looks as if Mack should get the credit, but he really does not deserve it. The man is simply horrible and a kiss- A.s.s! He has three exceptional quarterbacks on the sideline and continue to play that brain dead McCoy even though he is one of the worse quarterback in the NCAAF! Texas is pathetic because of the quarterback, but no one dares says it! He was not the starter, but certain folk put pressure on Mack, and he did what he does best. When it comes to activating plays, McCoy is mentally retarded! Nick Saban would not allow UT or former graduates to dictate to him. A real coach would get offended at the notion of being a puppet for the system. Mack knows he is not wanted and that he has lucked out in life. He can read the tea leaves. Baylor, OSU, or TX Tech is subject to blow UT out of the waters. Do you really think anyone cares how Mack Brown feels about Nick Saban taking his place then? Bye Mack, get out of town! Don’t let the door hit you between butt lobes!

  13. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:40 AM

    You may be honest but that is about the longest post I have ever seen. Ash was the starter over McCoy until he got hurt, so how was he bowing to pressure? Now they are winning games. Deloss never put pressure on anyone and that is part of the problem. You are right about his problem identifying talent and putting his most dynamic players on the field- DJ Monroe for example. He should also have an elite qb in every class. He hitched his wagon to Garret Gilbert and didn’t have a good qb to back up Ash or McCoy for that matter. You and I could name at least 8 pro starters or heisman hopefull qbs that would have gone to Texas if they were offered. Mack has to win out to have a shot at keeping his job.

  14. stapletonrc says: Nov 16, 2013 8:45 PM

    Your facts are not real facts! At any rate, OSU helped show Mack the door, so you can justify his firing! Next coach please!!

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