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It cost Texas $266,990 to not get Nick Saban

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The sequence of events that led to Texas having Mack Brown step aside and Charlie Strong come to Austin has been pretty well documented for the most part. Speculation was everywhere that the Longhorns had their sights set on Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Some even thought it was a done deal. Of course, Saban stayed in Tuscaloosa and Strong was lured away from Louisville. The search firm hired to find the best candidate for the job didn’t come free either, of course. Texas spent $266,990 on the services of the search firm.

As detailed by USA Today, the search firm of Korn/Ferry International sent the university a bill for $250,000 for helping to hire Strong. On top of that, the firm billed Texas an administrative fee of six percent, which was calculated to be $15,000. As if that were not enough, the firm also billed Texas $1,990 for miscellaneous expenses such as travel expenses.

Texas spent a good amount of money for their search firm, but at a certain point they could have paid one random contributor to College Football Talk $25,000 to be told Strong was a worthy candidate for the job. Let that be a reminder to any college administrator who may be reading in need of a search firm somewhere down the line.

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21 Responses to “It cost Texas $266,990 to not get Nick Saban”
  1. delashmit says: Apr 3, 2014 7:46 PM

    I would have done it for $20K.

  2. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    Earl Schieb would have done it for $39.95.

  3. supremekingz says: Apr 3, 2014 8:10 PM

    I’d have done it all for 10K plus expenses

  4. thefiesty1 says: Apr 3, 2014 9:08 PM

    That’s what happens when you get bunch of lawyers involved.

  5. cometkazie says: Apr 3, 2014 9:28 PM

    UT will never miss the money . . .

  6. whitetop says: Apr 3, 2014 9:29 PM

    ut likes to brag about having the richest athletic department in the country so what is a quarter mil plus some change to the big spenders.

  7. suprmous says: Apr 3, 2014 10:18 PM

    Hey Big Spender(s), how does it feel now knowin you screwed up and let your mouth overload your ass when you knew all along you were never even considerin what the outcome could’ve been; without usin all of your brain cells? Older adults amaze me in that they always think that they’ve got sure things in the works and don’t bother to look past the nose on their face and weigh things out.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 4, 2014 7:52 AM


    It only cost Texas a little over $26,000 per coaching candidate that turned them down.

  9. thekingdave says: Apr 4, 2014 8:34 AM


    Yes, because it has been absolutely confirmed that Texas reached out to everyone of those coaches and was rejected(insert sarcasm). A bunch of boosters trying to play armchair AD go to Chris Mortensen with these lists and it takes on a life of it’s own, as is the case with even the smallest nugget regarding Texas. The most hilarious one is throwing Sumlin into the mix. That would unequivocally never happen for a myriad of reasons. Even an aggy with a degree in poultry sciences can figure that one out. Once again, take your nonsense elsewhere. You left the Big 12, left the rivalry with Texas, and are supposedly a million times better off with 5th and 7th place finishes in the SEC. Did you not just state in another thread a couple days ago that you were not concerned with Texas etc.? Act like it.

  10. bsmb says: Apr 4, 2014 9:36 AM

    I don’t understand why search firms exist. Do Athletic Directors really not know who the top coaches are? It’s not a difficult task. Anyone could’ve come up with a list in 10 seconds.

  11. Professor Fate says: Apr 4, 2014 11:14 AM

    This route is taken in order to insure boosters and fans that every rock is overturned in the search for the “just right” coach, whether needed or not.

    UT is the most valuable college football team in the nation, worth $139 million (20% higher than any other program).

    $266,990 is less than .0025% of last year’s income ($109 million).

  12. sportsdang5 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:21 AM

    I don’t understand. What is the purpose of hiring this AD if he needs a search committee to find a coach? The majority of big college programs, their AD’s have a list of 3-5 coaches for every sport that they would go after if their coach chooses to leave. Why is Texas employing this guy if he is that worthless? I have to be missing something…

  13. florida727 says: Apr 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    I might have been willing to eat the $1,990 if I got them to pick up the quarter-of-a-million-plus tab. Oh who am I kidding? I’d have billed them the entire amount :)

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 4, 2014 3:04 PM

    kingdave –

    Everyone of those names were floated by the biggest media pimp for the longhorns. Specifically, I’m talking about Chimp Brown. If he says it, it has to be true. He’s the one that told us that Saban was a done deal.

  15. thekingdave says: Apr 4, 2014 4:47 PM


    Now we’re citing Chip Brown as our sources? Talk about lowering the bar. The same Chip Brown who erroneously reported Texas and OU we’re definitely heading to the Pac 12, among other things? Come on.

  16. tgaustin says: Apr 4, 2014 6:58 PM

    King Dave,

    Don’t worry about Aggie, this is how he “really” feels about his school:

    goodfieldnohit says: Dec 10, 2011 10:12 AM

    Sumlim is the same coach Sherman is. Same offense, same swiss cheese defense.

    And last year, Sumlin was 5-7 without Keenum as his QB.

    So, unless A&M already has a Keenum type QB, I guess we can expect to be 5-7.

    As an alum, I am really disappointed in this hire.

    goodfieldnohit says: Dec 10, 2011 5:30 PM

    That makes me feel better. He lost THREE games against Rice and Tulsa.

    And his record as a whole?

    35-17 in Conference USA. How about that complete ass whipping against Southern Miss when everything was on the table for a BCS game?

    I have nothing personal against Sumlin. As a matter of fact, he’s been a coach at A&M already. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want him back. He’s part of the good old boy network, and was rammed down the throats of the rank and file season ticket holders by his buddy Jim Wilson, who is a newly appointed member of the Texas A&M Board of Regents.

    Just about everyone I know would have preferred Kirby Smart, Charlie Strong, Lee Fedora, Chris Petersen, Gus Malzahn, anyone BUT Sumlin.

    At least we get to pay more now, for the same offense we had last year.

    Now let’s see how many names we recognize here!

    As the saying goes, “Typical Aggie”.


  17. thekingdave says: Apr 4, 2014 11:54 PM

    Ouch. Especially the acknowledgement that Strong would have been a better hire than Sumlin. Yet this guy must come here repeatedly how stupid and screwed we are for hiring strong. I’m going to hang onto this. Nice work.

  18. bamasaban360 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:43 PM

    I am a big Bama fan. I will admit I was worried about Saban going to Texas. Like all rumors this is all it was Saban never showed ANY interest in Texas. Which would be a job equal to Bama job. Saban got another good raise out of this and Texas you guys GOT A great COACH. Strong will get this program back on top SOON. If I had a choice of college coaches it would be #1 Saban, # 2 Strong, #3 Petrino at auburn. Good luck Texas you guys have great program and now have a great Coach.

  19. bamasaban360 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:49 PM

    Sorry guys I had a big brain dead minute. # 3 Gus Malzahn. Sorry, I pull for any SES Team until they play Bama. So give me my lashes for this mistake. ROLL TIDE AND GO SEC.

  20. suprmous says: Apr 7, 2014 2:48 AM

    bamasaban360, like your choices so to speak but for God’s sake leave Petrino out of the mix. He’s about as useless as a tit on a boar hog. And everybody knows how useless those things are if they know anything about hogs or cattle.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 7, 2014 7:54 PM

    There were a lot of Aggies that were upset with the Sumlin hire at the time. I know quite a few that were furious they didn’t make a hard push for Briles. I was one of them…

    But I also seem to remember a lot of Texas fans that were unhappy about the Mack Brown hire at the time… Everyone was clamoring for Barnett from Northwestern…

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