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Nick Saban says he had no discussions with Texas

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban may never truly get away form any rumors tied to the University of Texas. Fortunately he has had practice in rejecting anything related to the Longhorns, and he was back at it on Thursday at SEC Media Days.

A day after details from an upcoming book suggested Texas was preparing to offer Saban a total package valued over $100 million to replace Mack Brown and leave Alabama, Saban said he had no communications withe Texas.

“I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn’t offered anything,” Saban said, according to “And if I had no conversations with [Texas] than I didn’t have any interest … [We’re] happy at Alabama.”

These latest statements seem to echo the comments made by Saban back in December, so his story has not changed. The latest information related to Texas planning to make a push for Saban comes from an upcoming book co-authored by Paul Finebaum and Gene Wojchiechowski. The book, titled “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” is scheduled for release on August 5.

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13 Responses to “Nick Saban says he had no discussions with Texas”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 17, 2014 2:47 PM

    Maybe not with DeLoss Dodds or Steve Patterson but I guarantee he talked to Red McCombs and other Texas boosters….

  2. jmb795 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:54 PM

    Finebaum also reported that Jimbo Fischer was “running out the door” at FSU two years ago.

  3. gatorcheme says: Jul 17, 2014 2:57 PM

    “I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn’t offered anything,”

    Well, of course not, that’s what agents are for. I wonder what Jimmy Sexton has to say.

  4. coolhorn46 says: Jul 17, 2014 3:22 PM

    There is a segment of UT fans who post on some of the sites I do that need to listen to what Saban has to say. Months later, they won’t let the “Saban dealing with UT” rumors drop. Maybe agents talked to reps, or maybe Sexton was just trying to get Saban a payraise. Either way, he’s still at ‘Bama and Charlie Strong’s at UT. Net result? A lot of smoke but not much fire.

  5. erockfox says: Jul 17, 2014 3:43 PM

    “I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn’t offered anything,”

    Such a reliable person, I trust every word out of his mouth.

    “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.”

  6. dhardy8207 says: Jul 17, 2014 4:05 PM


    You know people need to let that die. Bottom line is, if he wasn’t ready to make his plans known then that was his business. Have you and the rest of the palm readers on here ever thought that at the time he was asked that question he was undecided? It’s never a smart idea to discuss a future move with the press that has not been finalized.

    If the Dolphin’s GM knew that there was interest and talks were underway then those are the only people who he felt an obligation to notify. The fact that he denied it up until that transition tells me no decision was final and he had every right to keep that to himself. I’m sure if you were in the same position and nothing in writing you would wait until the ink was dry on the agreement before announcing it to the media.

  7. cubano76 says: Jul 17, 2014 5:16 PM

    I believe you Nick!!!!! Oh yeah, I also got to keep my health insurance AND my own doctor.

  8. coolhorn46 says: Jul 17, 2014 5:29 PM

    This is a tempest in a teapot. Nick Saban is the head football coach of the Tide. Charlie Strong is the new man in Austin. The only things that changed were Strong’s address and Saban’s paycheck. Otherwise, the horse is dead…no need to beat it some more. Who really cares who did or didn’t talk to whom. Surely, there are more important matters to be discussed in Hoover this week…Like Les’ hat size or something.

  9. rolltide510 says: Jul 17, 2014 5:33 PM

    Remember, the narrative on Nick Saban is he’s a liar who will bolt for more money.

    Regardless of your take on this story or where Saban’s motivation to lie about it comes from, it’s VERY clear he could have gotten more money from Texas, and stayed.

  10. Deb says: Jul 17, 2014 5:48 PM

    What is this endless fascination with Nick Saban? He’s our coach, and I’m not that fascinated with him.

    Sure, he said he wasn’t going to Bama … after the press ignored repeated “no comments.” So? No actual offer from Bama was on the table when he said that. And it’s not like he said they’d have to take him out of Miami in a pine box, then showed up in Tuscaloosa the next morning. It’s not like he ran out on the Dolphins during the team dinner. It’s not like he feigned a heart problem to get out of his job only to take one somewhere else. Yeah, he should have stayed with “no comment,” but since his boss Wayne Huizenga gave him his blessing, who cares what the spectator’s gallery thinks?

    And if he’d ever entertained the idea of moving to Austin, I expect that’s where he’d be … especially if they offered him $100 million to make the move. But no … he’s in Tuscaloosa, coaching the Tide.

    Get a grip, folks.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Jul 17, 2014 6:13 PM

    I’m pretty certain that some arrogant boosters offered the moon to Saban. The problem is they weren’t the ones hiring Mack’s replacement. Those boosters don’t have near the effluence that they think they have. The new coach is Charlie Strong so let’s all just move on.

  12. pawloosa says: Jul 17, 2014 6:36 PM

    Who gives a $hit!!??

    It’s like a bunch of little school girls gossiping in the bathroom
    Stories like this are a waste of time and internet traffic..
    Does the author actually get paid to write this crap?

  13. florida727 says: Jul 20, 2014 9:11 PM

    I’m (obviously :)) not a ‘Bama fan, but even I respect Saban for what he’s done there. Why everyone doubt this guy is beyond me. I’m sure he DIDN’T talk to them. I’m also sure his representatives DID talk to them. They’d be foolish not to. That’s THEIR job.

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