Well, that settles that.
Amidst rampant speculation that, when Mack Brown steps down/is forced out at Texas, Nick Saban would leave Tuscaloosa for Austin, the Alabama head coach’s starting quarterback took part in a televised interview as part of the postseason awards circuit. Of course, the subject of Saban and the rumors connecting him to the Texas job came up.
Just as expected, AJ McCarron said he doesn’t foresee Saban leaving the Tide… if for nothing more than that’s not what the coach’s better half would want. Oh, and that the coach has never lied to him before.
“I messed with Coach, [saying] he’s getting too old to start up again somewhere else,” McCarron said on ESPN’s “College Football Daily” from Walt Disney World. “He told me he’s not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough; she runs that house. And she’s not allowing Coach to leave either. I think he’ll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.”
AJ McCarron just made it real hard for Saban to leave. "He's never lied to me, idk why he would start now"—
Dylan Jennings (@jennings_dylan) December 12, 2013
Saban has not addressed this latest round of speculation, which centers both on Texas making a push for the four-time title-winning coach and Saban’s agent using that interest as leverage in contract talks. School officials are reportedly “getting nervous about the lack of response” on the contract front and that “the longer it goes unsigned the more uncomfortable UA officials grow.”
UA athletic director Bill Battle was asked Wednesday about the rumors, but would only say that both he and the coach are focused on recruiting and the Sugar Bowl matchup with Oklahoma.
Connecting Saban’s name to a potential opening with the Longhorns simply won’t go away, though, as evidenced by this tweet from Geoff Ketchum of Orangebloods.com late Thursday morning:
An OB source has confirmed that Nick Saban has initiated the vetting process of trying to see what a staff at Texas might look like.—
Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) December 12, 2013
For those growing weary of the Brown/Saban/Texas ménage à trois, you should probably hunker down as I get the feeling this thing is about to kick into overdrive sooner rather than later…