A too-damn-old Nick Saban has done his part to quash speculation, brought about in large part by a reported meeting Texas regents held with the Alabama head coach’s agent, connecting him to a job that may or may not be open in the near future.
The man currently manning that job, Mack Brown, has consistently sidestepped the rumors about his future with the Longhorns. A recent surge that’s left the Longhorns tied with Baylor (in the loss column) atop the Big 12 standings has quieted the speculation somewhat, but the ever-present whirring of the rumor mill machine can still be heard off in the distance.
Appearing on the Tim Brando Show Friday, Brown (somewhat) addressed the speculation regarding his future and Saban’s name being attached to a future opening at his expense.
“Nick is a friend and he’s done a tremendous job at Alabama,” Brown said by way of al.com. “Nick’s not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick. So I don’t have to worry about that. And if I do my job, there won’t be any job to be open to get, so I think that’s the other thing.”
Of course, up until mid-September, Brown hadn’t been doing his job for the last couple of years, at least not doing it up to his previous standards. More than anything, the malaise the UT football program has found itself in under Brown has been the overriding factor in the Saban speculation.
If Brown continues to win, the rumors will fade into the background. If he doesn’t? Regardless of how baseless most consider it to be, the Saban-to-Texas speculation will be the ever-present elephant squatting in Brown’s living room.