Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed the buzz that his agent had been contacted about the University of Texas job head on Thursday…not that the chatter is likely to go away.
“Nothing went on that I know of. I don’t know about any of this stuff,” Saban said on his weekly “Hey Coach” radio show in Tuscaloosa, Ala. “I haven’t talked to anybody about that particular situation. They have a coach there.”
For now, they do, although the set beneath Mack Brown is growing increasingly hot. A few days after Alabama won its national championship in January, a Texas regent reportedly reached out to Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, to see if Saban might be interested in the job.
“Every year it’s something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns,” Saban said. “The year before that it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry [his wife] and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here.”
Still, this is Nick Saban and no one has forgotten that he took the ‘Bama job after saying he wasn’t taking the ‘Bama job back when he was coach of the Miami Dolphins. Coaches leave places all the time. But not this time, Saban said.
“Quite frankly,” Saban said, “I’m just too damn old to start all over somewhere else, to be honest with you.”
A procession of zeroes on a paycheck can change that and Saban may well decide that 62 (next month) is the new 42. This probably isn’t over. “Texas boosters are probably considering another visit with Sexton, if they haven’t already,” Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, writes. “With Texas being Texas, the school and its boosters might be willing to put a groundbreaking contract of $10 million a year or more on the table. Even Saban, who will make $5.3 million this year, might be motivated for a new challenge by the offer.”