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Nick Saban: ‘I never considered going to Texas’

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As we attempt to run these dual storylines so far into the ground we piss off the citizens of Shanghai, Nick Saban made his first public comments since word broke Friday night of a contract extension that served to both keep the title-winning coach at Alabama for the foreseeable future and end any and all speculation (for now) of a move to Texas.

And, as expected, Saban claimed that a move to Austin was never a consideration for he and his wife, saying he wouldn’t have been interested in the Texas job even if Mack Brown had stepped down from his longtime post.

“The way this sort of got spun, it was a little bit more like, ‘OK, he got a new contract at Alabama, so he’s going to stay at Alabama instead of going to Texas,'” Saban told ESPN.com SEC blogger Chris Low Saturday in his first public comments since the school confirmed his contract extension. “I never considered going to Texas. That wasn’t even a conversation.

“I knew that if Mack stepped down, there would probably be an opportunity, but it wasn’t something I was interested in doing, not at this stage in my career.”

Saban reiterated his commitment to the Tide, telling Low, “I don’t want to go someplace else. I don’t know how many times I can say that.”

Rumors connecting Saban to the Longhorns have been percolating for years, reaching a boil when it was confirmed during the 2013 season that the coach’s agent had been involved in some level of discussion with UT officials earlier in the year.  Both Saban and his wife attempted to quell the speculation to no avail as the rumor mill cranked into overdrive as the season wound down.

The fact that UA officials were reportedly “getting nervous about the lack of a response” from Saban on the new contract didn’t help matters.

Saban seemed perturbed (pictured) at the very public speculation, especially as it came at the expense of a man he respects still holding the job he was rumored to be taking.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mack Brown,” Saban said. “Mack Brown is the coach at Texas. He deserves the right based on his body of work to be able to leave the program the way he wants to leave the program. It wasn’t fair to him or to me to be speculating about this job, which I haven’t talked to anybody there about.

“Really, the whole thing from my perspective stunk, but there wasn’t a hell of a lot I could do about it.”

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  1. raiderbeat says: Dec 14, 2013 2:11 PM

    Then move into the house you bought.. You lying sack of ….

  2. mydixienormus says: Dec 14, 2013 2:11 PM

    Hey Nick. You could have said something publicly a week or two ago.

    That’s something you could have done about it.

    Oh wait, that wouldn’t have helped with your contact extension.

    Never mind.

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 14, 2013 2:11 PM

    “Attention Walmart shoppers!”

    “We have discounted the already discounted University of Texas Saban 2014 shirts an additional 50%/! Please see sales associate Tgaustin once he stops crying!”

    RTR

  4. realfootballfan says: Dec 14, 2013 2:20 PM

    mydixienormus,

    I doubt Jimmy Sexton would have advised that. Any good agent, like a lawyer, will tell their client to be quiet while negotiations are going on. This one was too easy though with the Texas oil men/boosters who think they can buy anything, doing the negotiating for them with all of their loose-lip jabbering. Next time guys, do like the Alabama boosters who have some pretty nice coin of their own, keep your mouth shut and just get the deal done without seeking to be validated by the media and others as the guys who brought “X” to Austin. I hesitate to give that advice because this very well could be my coach, Jimbo Fisher, who’s being wooed a year from now by them.

  5. blacknole08 says: Dec 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    Maybe he was negotiating his extension with BAMA at the time?

    People should know Saban by now. He NEVER

  6. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    “We also have 2013 championship dynasty shirts on sale for 75% off” -Amos says to his Walmart shoppers

  7. blacknole08 says: Dec 14, 2013 2:29 PM

    Maybe he was negotiating his extension with BAMA at the time?

    People should know Saban by now. He NEVER gives into what the media wants.

  8. tgaustin says: Dec 14, 2013 2:50 PM

    And there’s CFT’s Hillbilly Exec. himself AMOS! Like I said before, please keep my government out of your inbred mouth. You know what’s really funny Amos, is the fact that you disappeared from this site with all the Saban to Texas talk(which is all that it was from the beginning). Now that you got your Allah back, you come on this site and start running your mouth again…typical…but still pathetic.

    However, you got me thinking about your Wal Mart remarks…which only seem to go hand in hand with Alabama fan. How many of your “Kin folk” actually work there??? Shop till you drop eh Amos??

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.peopleofwalmart.com%2F4991%2F&tbnid=GoC3XcqvtNLSoM:&docid=DVuHAxYEgdIcjM

    Amos in his best Sunday attire!

  9. mehtoolazy says: Dec 14, 2013 2:56 PM

    I’ll never understand the vitriol of some folks on this site. Does it actually make you feel good to speak ill of others? If so, take a step back and consider what you’re spending your energy on. Jebus, what a waste of time it all is.

    Glad to have Coach come out and say this. Now let’s go get some more great recruits, and let’s get the boys ready to play the sooners in the Sugar Bowl.

  10. vols84 says: Dec 14, 2013 3:02 PM

    Nick you have a history of talking from both sides of your mouth.

  11. bralinshan says: Dec 14, 2013 3:05 PM

    tgaustin, your the prototypical Texas football fan, short on intellect and long on ignorance.
    The fact that your disparagement of a group of people comes to you so naturally…is testimony to a damaged psyche.
    Secure and rational people don’t viciously attack with prejudice.
    Now, the best thing that you can do is to stop holding your breath until you get your way…and go to your room for a timeout.
    Saban isn’t coming and attacking others isn’t going to get you a second title in 43 years…which is pretty pathetic for such an entitled fan base.

  12. doggeatdogg says: Dec 14, 2013 3:23 PM

    “I knew that if Mack stepped down, there would probably be an opportunity, but it wasn’t something I was interested in doing, not at this stage in my career.”

    Saban got his money but he has to have the last word. Read between the lines. Did anybody expect Brown to fade quietly into the night at age 62, possibly at a reduced salary, and let 62 year old Saban roll into town like the next coming and take over the football team.

    A $100 million 10 year deal and much more is not an opportunity. It’s the fricking coaching lottery. The Brink’s truck pulled up to his house and Brown made opening the thing a bit impossible. That is what happened. The rest is nice make Alabama and Texas fan feel better PR.

    Next year should UT tank and Alabama get that next title, watch out. At least Brown is on notice. They will let it go this time.

  13. tgaustin says: Dec 14, 2013 3:23 PM

    First off BRALINSHAN, it’s “You’re” not your…but I understand that your “tall” intellect only goes so far. But that would be “ignorant” of me to point out…oops! Second, you’re (not your) the typical Bama fan who thinks they are above everyone else on this site and that they are only aloud to bash others and their respective schools. It’s old, get over your inbred self. Finally, keep my government out of your mouth unless you are called upon. This doesn’t involve you…unless you and Amos are brothers/cousins.

  14. mehtoolazy says: Dec 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    Internet pissin’ contest! Come on y’all!

  15. thefiesty1 says: Dec 14, 2013 4:45 PM

    That’s what I said all along. He’s NOT gonna go to Texas. There is Not an opening at Texas and apparently never was.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    mehtoolazy wrote on: Dec 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    Internet pissin’ contest! Come on y’all!

    LOL

    That is so true. All I have to do is throw a shiny lure out to Tg austin and he strikes and runs with it like a brown trout.

    mehtoolazy, Texas, the University, is it’s own worst enemy. Saban parlayed all the Saban to Alabama talk into a hefty pay raise. He and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, merely sat down and let the market come to them.

    To wit, here is asample the blog postings by Texas supporters regarding Saban this fall.

    “That Saban’s wife being in Austin looking at homes on Lake Travis.”

    “Austin moving companies having made arrangements to have the necessary vehicles available so that Alabama moving companies would not be tipped off on a pending move. ”

    “That Steve Patterson was hired because he and Saban have gone hunting together.”

    “Saban 2014 shirts appearing at the University of Texas football games.”

    “A ten year $10 million a year contract with ownership in the LHN and oil and gas leases to be included in his compensation contract.”

    My personal favorite, from Thursday.

    ” An influential Texas alum has dispatched his private jet to Tuscaloosa to pick up
    Nick Saban and his wife to fly them to Texas to introduce the new Texas football
    coach at the Texas football banquet”.

    Actually I emphasize with Tg Austin. I would be very despondent if all I could hang my hat on is one National Championship in football in 43 years. Bear had 6. Gene
    had 1. Saban has 3 and no signs of slowing down, that’s 10. I can see why Tg Austin
    has an inferiority complex.

    Texas football is mediocre at best, behind Baylor and Texas A&M in Texas. On par with TCU and Texas Tech. Hell, Rice has a better record than Texas.

    Central Texas is running out of water. and

    Saban isn’t coming to Austin.

    RTR

  17. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    “Casting a colorful plastic lure and waiting.”

    (Think Curt Gowdy on American Sportsman)

    Tgaustin!

    Glad to see Travis County Mental Health Services intervened with you. Remember to breath and take one day at a time. Accept the Suck (as Nancy Pelosi
    said of the House Budget sent to the Senate.) that you’ll have Mack as your coach again and that Saban isn’t coming to Austin.

    The house in the Woodlands will be started in the Spring near the new Exxon Headquarters. Should be real nice. Thank you for asking.

    Seriously, you over sold the prospect that Saban would even think of Texas. Why would Saban want to leave a program that he has built into a national
    power year end year out to go to a mediocre conference to a school that has ONE National Championship since 1970?

    Be of good cheer though! Count your blessings and the gifts God has given you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    RTR

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    liverpoolred,

    Na, we just bought the 2013 shirts and got creative and put an x through 2013 and imposed 2014.

    On the back, we’ll have “New Format,Same Results!
    Roll Tide Roll!!!!”

    We used an X because Texas supporters would recognize their signature when shopping at Walmart.

    RTR

  19. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 5:56 PM

    Terrific article, JT. I’m enjoying the trip to Shanghai, and laughed out loud at the visual of our little perturbed Nick. Excellent work ;)

  20. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    mydixienormus says:

    Hey Nick. You could have said something publicly a week or two ago.

    ——————————————-
    He gave an interview with 60 Minutes about three weeks ago in which he said repeatedly that Alabama would be his last coaching job and he planned to retire there. He’s said several times this season he has no interest in the Texas job. No one believed him. And yes he has himself to blame for that. But just what else did you want him to say that he hasn’t said already?

  21. dcroz says: Dec 14, 2013 6:13 PM

    As I had said before, Saban would not go to Texas for the simple reason he knows it is not a fit for him. That job in Austin calls for a politician, one who is willing to bullshit and backslap with oil barons, business tycoons, and ambitious state politicians while negotiating their various rivalries and clashes. It calls for someone who is willing to know his place in the pecking order, and that he is not at the top of it–certainly not off the field, and sometimes even not on it. It requires one who is willing to play golf with, party with, or appear in public with whatever big-money booster wearing his ten-gallon hat wants him to, whenever and wherever that may be.

    Saban is the opposite of these qualities. He demands total control of his program, total control of his staff, total control of his coaching decisions, and total control of his person. His response to anyone suggesting he have anything less that this is to tell them in so many words what they can do to themselves and where they can go do it. Had he went to Austin, he would have run screaming from the place faster than he did Miami.

    The University of Texas job is one of the best in college football…for the right kind of person. Saban is the farthest thing from that kind. As much as many ‘Horns fans wanted him, it would have ended badly when the clash of egos consumed the program.

  22. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 6:49 PM

    @dcroz …

    Best summary of the situation I’ve read yet.

  23. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 7:24 PM

    Just lie I said, Texas had it’s fans all in for Saban. He didn’t go and now the UT fans are crushed. To top it off, your stuck with Mack. UT probably received more then one brush off, and pulled back the reigns on firing Brown. I told you, hiring successful coaches away from their current jobs is harder now days.

  24. southernpatriots says: Dec 14, 2013 7:38 PM

    dcroz:

    Dittos on what Deb posted. You pegged it exactly. Sane reasoning and astute observations.

  25. jaclyn1973 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:56 PM

    I said all along he wouldn’t go. The insults about him being a “liar” are getting old don’t you think? He doesn’t lie any more than any other person. He’s a businessman. He makes business decisions. My dad told me to never let the people I am currently working for know that i am looking elsewhere. WAY past time to let that go unless of course YOU never lie.
    Of course he didn’t say anything. The agents/attys tell them to not say anything until things are signed.
    On top of that this whole thing was a media made story from start to finish. No matter what he said, the media was going to push it the way they wanted. They still will.

  26. jjsooner says: Dec 14, 2013 9:33 PM

    Deb …….Thank you for your opinions. I don’t always agree, but you’re passionate. Obviously I’m a Sooner fan and graduate. And yes, most Sooners hate the Horns. BUT

    Look at this logically for a moment. All you Bama haters need to get back on your meds. Here’s a few questions:
    Q#1: What would he(Coach Saban) have at UT that he doesn’t already have??
    Answer: Nadda…. nothing….zilch. He would even have to sacrifice control over the program

    Q#2: Is Coach Saban more interested in success or money?
    Answer: He wants success. As in titles, history and accolades for he and his teams. He already makes obscene money.

    Question #3: Does UT currently have ANYTHING that Coach Saban doesn’t already possess?
    Answer: Ummmmm nope.

  27. jjsooner says: Dec 14, 2013 9:35 PM

    jaclyn1973 THANK YOU!! Very Well Said:-)

  28. whoopteedo says: Dec 14, 2013 9:58 PM

    If Saban was never interested in Texas then why did he take More Alabama Money to stay in Alabama?

  29. dcroz says: Dec 14, 2013 10:29 PM

    whoopteedo:

    Maybe because his agent, Jimmy Sexton, used the interest as a way to get Saban–and by extension, himself–more money. Maybe because Alabama is tired of hearing all the rumors and speculation about someone hiring him away by putting his income so high that no one–not even an NFL team–would ever be willing to offer him more and put an end to the rumors. Maybe it’s just another way of showing appreciation for all Saban has done for the university, on and off the field. May it’s all the above. Who knows? I don’t think Saban was seriously interested in the Texas job because he knows he would not be getting the control that he demands. But he would have been a fool to turn down more cash from Alabama in any event.

  30. whoopteedo says: Dec 14, 2013 10:40 PM

    Thanks for stating the obvious, Deroz. Perhaps I should have been clearer:

    If Saban was never interested in Texas then why did he take More Alabama Taxpayer Money to stay in Alabama?

    Get it now?

  31. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 10:49 PM

    No tax payer money involved. The athletic program is self sufficient. Secondly, he isn’t an elected official. Third, have you ever turned down a raise? Especially if the company you worked for was making record profits. Why do people hold others to a higher standard then they live by?

  32. whoopteedo says: Dec 14, 2013 10:58 PM

    Dear Normtide – Google that self-sufficiency claim and get a little wisdom. Saban is the highest paid public official in the state and is classified that way because he, his staff and the structure that he plays in Does get taxpayer funds [and you don't have to be elected to have that classification as all the thousands of state employees will tell you]. And yes, I’ve turned down a raise in 2 of my companies for the sake of the greater good. From the tone of your question, I can tell you wouldn’t have it in you to follow in those footsteps and neither did Saban.

  33. jjsooner says: Dec 14, 2013 11:14 PM

    Whoopteedo Come on now. Your smarter than that.
    “The list of highest-paid active employees counts 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, and 1 hockey coach. The leftover ten include five college presidents, a medical school chancellor, a medical school department chair, a medical school plastic surgeon, and a law school dean. (The math gets you to 51 positions because Minnesota’s football and basketball coach are each earning $1.2 million.)” Here’s the link:http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672861/infographic-whos-your-states-highest-paid-public-employee

    Now for the rest of your comment: I’m just overwhelmed by your generosity to your employers for turning down raises. Truly I am. In today’s world, bad idea. You underrate yourself and your company sense’s that. This is called capitalism, like it or not. Now come down from the pulpit.

  34. whoopteedo says: Dec 15, 2013 12:10 AM

    Dear JJSooner – First you say that I’m “smarter than that” and later you question my wisdom. Tsk, tsk. Inconsistency costs points in presentations.

    I can only assume that pulling data from multiple states was fun for you but what we three Posters have been discussing is the state of Alabama and the fact that Saban, his staff and program operate in a Public University, unlike [say] Vanderbilt which is a private university, so why don’t you stay with that thread when ginning statistics?

    And you shouldn’t be overwhelmed by any generosity in making decisions affecting my businesses. Owners routinely farm funds back into the business or into stocks and bonds, other ventures or in real estate rather than taking pay increases for themselves. Tell you what — when you open a business some day and keep it running for 5-6 years, you can “overwhelm” your non-business owner friends “by your generosity” in bypassing an across-the-board pay increase because by that time, you’ll know generosity has nothing to do with it. It’s simply smart business to invest funds into the business or in a place where the funds can grow exponentially, which is not what Saban did this weekend. What he practiced was selfishness when funds are pinched and employees are sent home all over the state.

  35. normtide says: Dec 15, 2013 1:13 AM

    You missed the part where the company turned record profits. I have actually taken a 10% decrease before. The university president called Saban the best investment. Ever. And as discussed before, for some reason when a football team wins big, overall enrollment increases at universities.

    You seem like a smart person. Surely you can understand that if Saban’s contract was losing money, or expected to, it wouldn’t be offered. In that light, I fail to see a reason to argue.

  36. whoopteedo says: Dec 15, 2013 9:44 AM

    Normtide –

    The only time there’s an option between re-investment or putting money in your own pockets is after a series of secure profits exists … so we’re back to the original post.

    If Saban weren’t interested in Texas, why take money from the University [and others] when he never planned to leave? It’s a legitimate question that you can’t answer. It’s a question for the Man himself.

    In that light, I fail to see a reason to argue.

  37. jjsooner says: Dec 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    whoopteedo – Ok since you obviously can’t comprehend facts, it comes down to this. Because he CAN. For any of the major schools, successful athletic coaches are an investment. If 41 states see it that way, there must be something to it. Whether its Saban, Stoops or Urban, they’re all seen the same way. A money-making machine if you will.

  38. tony34343434 says: Dec 15, 2013 10:43 AM

    Why should he leave, he gets the best players money can buy, Literally! His players never go to class, and if they dont go pro the best job option is the local piggly wiggly!!!

    Roll Dam Cheaters!!!

  39. whoopteedo says: Dec 15, 2013 12:02 PM

    Dear JJSooner –

    Because “41 states see it that way” doesn’t make it right, Jack, as we’ve seen with some key points in our nation’s history: who could vote [not women and minorities], who could own land [not women and minorities], who could take out loans [not women and minorities], who could be considered for job promotions and top placement [not women and minorities].

    Even in the precious game of football, it wasn’t long ago that minorities were excluded from your game so it doesn’t matter what 41 states are doing, Jack. It matters if it is right. You have to do your own thinking and not follow the lead-plane into the mountain, Man. When you care more about the University than about the sports program and a Coach’s pay, especially when he took a pay raise when he was not intending on leaving in the 1st place, then you’re getting it.

    35 Points From Michael Snyder:

    The Quality Of College Education In America Stinks

    #1 After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

    #2 According to the College Board, college tuition is absolutely soaring. Average tuition and fees at public colleges rose 8.3 percent this year and, with room and board, now exceed $17,000 a year, according to the College Board.

    #3 Average yearly tuition at private universities in the United States is now up to $27,293. That figure has increased by 29% in just the past five years.

    #4 In America today, approximately two-thirds of all college students graduate with student loan debt.

    #5 In 2010, the average college graduate had accumulated approximately $25,000 in student loan debt by graduation day.

    #6 According to the Student Loan Debt Clock, total student loan debt in the United States will surpass the 1 trillion dollar mark in early 2012.

    #7 The total amount of student loan debt in the United States now exceeds the total amount of credit card debt in the United States.

    #8 Over the past 25 years, the cost of college tuition has increased at an average rate that is approximately 6% higher than the general rate of inflation.

    #9 Back in 1952, a full year of tuition at Harvard was only $600. Today, it is $35,568.

    #10 The cost of college textbooks has tripled over the past decade.

    #11 One survey found that 23 percent of all college students actually use credit cards to pay for tuition or fees.

    #12 According to recent Pew Research Center polling, 75% of all Americans believe that college is too expensive for most Americans to afford.

    #13 College has become so expensive that it is causing many college students to do desperate things in order to pay for it. For example, an increasing number of young college women are actively advertising on the Internet for “sugar daddies” who will help them pay their college bills.

    #14 The student loan default rate has nearly doubled since 2005.

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    #16 The typical U.S. college student spends less than 30 hours a week on academics.

    #17 According to very extensive research detailed in a new book entitled “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses“, 45 percent of all U.S. college students exhibit “no significant gains in learning” after two years in college.

    #18 Today, college students spend approximately 50% less time studying than U.S. college students did just a few decades ago.

    #19 35% of U.S. college students spend 5 hours or less studying per week.

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    #23 Federal statistics reveal that only 36 percent of the full-time students who began college in 2001 received a bachelor’s degree within four years.

    #24 Only 55.3% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 were employed last year. That was the lowest level that we have seen since World War II.

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    #26 One-third of all college graduates end up taking jobs that don’t even require college degrees.

    #27 In the United States today, there are more than 100,000 janitors that have college degrees.

    #28 In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees.

    #29 In the United States today, approximately 365,000 cashiers have college degrees.

    #30 In the United States today, 24.5 percent of all retail salespeople have a college degree.

    #31 The percentage of mail carriers with a college degree is now 4 times higher than it was back in 1970.

    #32 Right now, there are 5.9 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 that are living with their parents.

    #33 According to one recent survey, only 14 percent of all Americans that are 28 or 29 years old are optimistic about their financial futures.

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    #35 Once they get out into the “real world”, 70% of all college graduates wish that they had spent more time preparing for the “real world” while they were still in school.

  40. dhardy8207 says: Dec 15, 2013 3:03 PM

    The Universities President was interviewed and stated that the Universities revenue has gone up by 112% since Coach Saban led the team to a national championship in 2009. We may be a bunch “gumps” but UA is the third richest program in the country. Also, enrollment is up particularly among out of state enrollment. This would indicate that those hard working parents of our incoming students think an education at UA is worth every dime as long as jr. gets a degree and some are paying the going rate just so jr. can try and make Saban’s team as a walk on.

    I am at a loss as to why some bloggers are so infuriated by this news. Some were almost bragging on here just a few days ago that “he was leaving and $ 8 mil was the starting bid at UT, where was all this anger and rage? Oh yeah that’s right, its only acceptable for Texas to pay that much money for a coach. With BAMA doing so, some act as if its almost a crimminal offense if not an immoral one.

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suspect that the real difference is jealousy. Some just can’t stand the fact that this improves BAMA’s chances of being at the top of the elite for many years to come…

    Happy Holidays and Roll Tide!…..

    I suspect

  41. whoopteedo says: Dec 15, 2013 4:28 PM

    Dhardy8207 –

    As to the debate here, the point is the same as it is for all these corporations who heavily pay the guys at the top while those at the bottom see very little. In this particular case, Saban takes the money when he said he wasn’t leaving anyway at the same time that college costs soar more and more for the students and University employees are being cut every day.

    And as for your claim of jealousy, may I point out that you’re not the one in the BCS Championship game this year or hasn’t that hit you yet?

  42. normtide says: Dec 15, 2013 7:57 PM

    Dhardy, no use in debating with this guy. He changes his argument when you disprove what he says. He wouldn’t invest 7 million to make an extra 40 million. Now it’s Saban’s fault that athletes don’t get their share of the money. Next, Saban will be the cause of unrest in the middle east. Saban causes the tsunami, whatever else.

  43. Deb says: Dec 15, 2013 9:57 PM

    @jjsooner …

    Thank you for the kind words.

    And thank everyone for having the patience to debate someone who clearly has no interest in reality but is here only to push buttons and argue for the sake of arguing. Oh yes, Nick Saban is an example of corporate excess, he’s bilking taxpayers, he’s responsible for the decline of education in America, he’s personally to blame for the NCAA’s exploitation of college athletes (as someone on another thread posted), and none of these anti-Saban sentiments comes from a jealous heart because Alabama isn’t going to the title game this year (in case we haven’t noticed) and who’d be jealous of our three titles in the last four years, or 15 titles overall? How silly of us. :roll:

    Roll Tide!

  44. dhardy8207 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:02 AM

    whoopteedo says;

    “And as for your claim of jealousy, may I point out that you’re not the one in the BCS Championship game this year or hasn’t that hit you yet?”

    ————————————————–
    It didn’t have to “hit me” as I watched the game so I have had plenty of time to process the outcome and am perfectly fine with the idea that BAMA didn’t make the BCS title game this year.
    However, I stand by my theory that because of our recent successful years, yes jealousy is rampant on these threads. The number one reason why some bloggers on here have been rooting for Saban to leave BAMA for Texas is not because they are UT faithful but because they are tired of seeing BAMA and Saban at the top every year.

  45. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    I leave for a few days, and the people who cannot comprehend that Saban is

    (1.) Not going to texas,

    (2.) are actually jealous for an individual who has proven himself as the leader in his chosen profession.

    BTW should both Auburn and Alabama win their
    respective bowl games, guess what the SE would have the #1 and the #2 teams in the final polls.

    What happens in several years when should TWO SEC teams consistently be in the final four selections?

    Expand the playoff to 8 teams? What happens when the SEC has 4 teams consistently in the top eight?

    I understand whoopteedo’s thinking. He would be extended a 50% raise based on merit and would turn it down for altruistic reasons.

    Wouldn’t you whoopteedo?

    RTR

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