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Tide AD mum on latest Saban rumors

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If you’re waiting for an Alabama official to publicly address the latest round of Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors, you’re going to have to wait a while longer.

Speaking as part of a panel on the state of college sports Wednesday in New York City, UA athletic director Bill Battle was asked about the state of contract talks with Saban and if he was concerned about losing his head football coach to Texas.

Suffice to say, Battle didn’t say much on either front.

He’s working his butt off on recruiting. We’re focused on recruiting and playing Oklahoma,” Battle said. “The Sugar Bowl is where his efforts are and that’s where mine are.”

That will likely qualify as the university’s only public statement until Saban signs the deal that’s reportedly been on his desk since last Friday… or the rumors of a move to Austin come to fruition.

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26 Responses to “Tide AD mum on latest Saban rumors”
  1. bucrightoff says: Dec 11, 2013 4:25 PM

    Saban’s agent is playing this perfectly. One way or another his client is going to be making a boatload of cash, with a deal that probably gives him everything he wants.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 11, 2013 4:31 PM

    Call me crazy, but if Nick leaves Bama that Auburn win could be the biggest win in the Iron Bowl series. Insane ending, chance at the National Championship, and Saban leaves? Trifecta.

    I also will think Saban is half-ass coping out. He can go matchup with one national power, Oklahoma (and to a lesser extent Ok. State and Baylor), or continue facing LSU, Auburn, A+M, and to a lesser extent a rising Ole Miss. Hell. Miss. State played them tough. That’s before facing Georgia, Florida, or South Carolina (or to a lesser extent Missouri) for a championship. His path for the BCS playoffs is easier (not easy) at Texas, but I don’t understand how you can leave something you’ve built into one of the best in it’s business.

  3. jdbaker01 says: Dec 11, 2013 4:44 PM

    Please don’t leave. We are terrible at hiring head coaches, look at all the failures between Stallings and Saban. The truth of the matter is, after Bear Bryant, we’ve only had Stallings and Saban as coaches that could produce contending teams. We are liable to end up with the next Muschamp.

  4. rolltide510 says: Dec 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    I think my definition of “mum” is different then yours. Battle correctly points out Saban is visiting with the #1 running back recruit in the nation at the moment, and has spent all week on the recruiting trail.

    What did Battle need to say to satisfy you?

  5. rsoandb says: Dec 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    We’re focused on recruiting and playing Oklahoma,” Battle said.

    They don’t need to focus on OU to drill a bunch of 3 stars into submission.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 11, 2013 4:31 PM

    Call me crazy, but if Nick leaves Bama that Auburn win could be the biggest win in the Iron Bowl series. Insane ending, chance at the National Championship, and Saban leaves? Trifecta.
    __________________________

    I think it’s already the biggest win in Iron Bowl history…. I’m no Bama v Auburn historian, but I think I saw it was the best combined ranking between the 2 teams, shot at SEC and National title on the line and it ends that way….

    Even if Saban stays you’d be hard pressed to find a better Iron Bowl… or better rivalry game to be honest…

  7. Deb says: Dec 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    bucrightoff says:

    Saban’s agent is playing this perfectly. One way or another his client is going to be making a boatload of cash, with a deal that probably gives him everything he wants.
    ————————————————–
    What exactly does he want that he doesn’t have now? He’s the highest-paid coach in college football. He has complete autonomy. He’s treated like royalty. He has the nation’s best recruiting class. He’s welcoming his first grandchild.

    The only thing he doesn’t have is people who take him at his word.

    He’s given several interviews saying how much he regrets the knock his integrity took after the way things played out in Miami. He’s said times he plans to retire at Alabama. Now he has the opportunity to stick to that and prove the naysayers wrong.

    We’ll see.

  8. vincentbojackson says: Dec 11, 2013 6:12 PM

    Just in case the rumors are true, Alabama has already contacted Lane Kiffen as their back-up plan.

  9. 1990tiger says: Dec 11, 2013 6:18 PM

    I can’t say that I would be disappointed to see Saban go to Texas. I do think his agent is playing this well. Like someone said earlier, Bama isn’t going to pull the offer. If there is anything in the offer that Saban doesn’t like, Bama will remove it and/or increase the annual salary.

    Just like I don’t think a coach doesn’t have the “right to leave on their own terms”, I think it is a bit unfair to ask a coach what their plans are. What do you expect them to say? If you had plans to leave one job for another and your current employer asked you your plans, wouldn’t you say you were staying?

  10. hor2012 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:32 PM

    rolltide510 says:
    Dec 11, 2013 4:49 PM
    I think my definition of “mum” is different then yours. Battle correctly points out Saban is visiting with the #1 running back recruit in the nation at the moment, and has spent all week on the recruiting trail.

    What did Battle need to say to satisfy you?

    Yea his is recruiting the number 1 running back but who’s he recruiting him for lol

  11. tttrojan4life says: Dec 11, 2013 8:49 PM

    If Saban leaves, Alabama will be just fine. They have NC’s, tradition, and a commitment to football.

  12. Bo Darville says: Dec 11, 2013 8:52 PM

    Are we so sure he’s going to the University of Texas and not the Dallas Cowboys?

  13. uzana14 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:15 PM

    The Nicktator didn’t just lie to the people in Miami. He was swearing he would retire at LSU while he was going to the airport to go to Miami! Whatever you believe, you should get your information from somewhere else, not from him.

  14. Deb says: Dec 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    @uzana14 …

    I’ve seen the footage of Saban saying he wouldn’t be the coach at Alabama. Can you provide a link to an article or film clip that quotes him saying he was planning to retire at LSU?

  15. WingT says: Dec 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    @Deb – your comments:
    “The only thing he doesn’t have is people who take him at his word.

    He’s given several interviews saying how much he regrets the knock his integrity took after the way things played out in Miami. He’s said times he plans to retire at Alabama. Now he has the opportunity to stick to that and prove the naysayers wrong.

    We’ll see.”

    Well said – very well said

  16. dkhhuey says: Dec 12, 2013 8:44 AM

    I find it really hard to believe Nick Saban would leave Alabama! He has rebuilt Bama back into a powerhouse and the future success is pretty much a given. The only reason I can see that would even remotely lead him to ponder jumping to Texas would be that he may feel that there is no longer a challenge in coaching at Bama and rebuilding Texas would provide the stimulation he is lacking… other than that – it seems ridiculous to believe he would leave.

  17. packerbadger says: Dec 12, 2013 9:01 AM

    Texas has much deeper pockets than Alabumpkin. Plus, Austin is a much nicer place to live and actually has some culture than that krap-hole in Bama. I’m guessing Saban is gone and will announce it after their bowl game. Sabans loyalty is to $$$$. Its a no-brainer.

  18. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    @packerbadger …

    Alabama has as much culture as Wisconsin. You say you live in the South so you are well-versed in the place you hate. A man who lives in a place he hates would have balls to make a new place for himself somewhere he’d rather be instead of just spewing hatred at people who didn’t invite him and haven’t done anything to provoke him. You aren’t much of a man.

  19. bamafan10 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    You can see the revenge .. the mixed emotions .. the anticipation of possibilities .. the dreams of maybe he will .. but most of all .. you can see the fear … Nick Saban has done something that never a coach in history has every accomplished .. put the fear of pure football into the fans … Every fans future vision of playing Alabama is massive destruction .. they can see no way to ever compete against this giant of a coach .. smiles .. and to top that off .. the only way to change the game is if every coach out there gets up to speed or Saban decides to retire .. It makes no difference where he goes this fan fear will be there .. Unless he goes away .. smiles .. congrats Nick

  20. packerbadger says: Dec 13, 2013 9:48 AM

    Deb says:Dec 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    @packerbadger …

    Alabama has as much culture as Wisconsin. You say you live in the South so you are well-versed in the place you hate. A man who lives in a place he hates would have balls to make a new place for himself somewhere he’d rather be instead of just spewing hatred at people who didn’t invite him and haven’t done anything to provoke him. You aren’t much of a man.
    ==================================
    BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Alabumpkin is dead last in education and first in racism. I almost feel bad picking on an umarmed person such as you. Btw, I’m moving back to civilization where they speak in more than grunts, clicks and whistles. Will be there in less than a month! I may not have as much hair on my chest as you do, but a man I am!!

  21. bamafan10 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:27 AM

    @Packerbadger…
    I also find it hard to believe that people get on here to spew hatred, Deb .. I must admit I get angry at their short sited ignorance and how they like to approach the mental destruction of others .. I have to keep reminding myself that they have a deficiency in the mind and are trying to fulfill a lack of attention they have received in the past .. I hope this gentleman finds some relief of his grief soon and can get some peace at home and not continue to make a mark of himself .. he is probably so unhappy due to his own Acuity and doesn’t even realize it .. lets all hope he finds some happiness in his new place and he can get the education he needs .. Alabama doesn’t need him ..

  22. packerbadger says: Dec 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    $ECheat fans sooooo thin skinned! lol! What are you going to do when Saban leaves and you fall from the top ten next yr and Wisconsin kicks Alabumpkins ass? :)

  23. bamafan10 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    @packerbadger…
    lmao .. I think this more than proves my point … You can wake up now .. Wave your hand someone will recognize you Im sure .. But I have had it with this topic .. catering to a sick person does not make my day …. waves …

  24. packerbadger says: Dec 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    Wisconsin favored by 2 1/2 over South Carolina. MSU got robbed out of second place to play FSU in champ game. Over rated $ECheat conference gonna start to fall when Saban leaves. I’m waiting for the next $ECheat player to make the Local Section……..

  25. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 12:04 PM

    @bamafan10 …

    If we want to see packerbadger’s face, we need only look up “Neanderthal” in the encyclopedia. But no, sparing with a sick person isn’t entertaining. It’s just sad.

  26. bamafan10 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    @Deb …
    Yes it is sad, It’s also refreshing to know there is a fan with some intelligence on here would love to keep you on my list of favorite fans .. smiles

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