A.J. McCarron: Nick Saban “told me he’s not leaving” Alabama


Take it from A.J. McCarron: Nick Saban says he is staying at Alabama. (John David Mercer / USA Today)

Nick Saban is taking his time signing a contract extension that reportedly was offered last Friday by Alabama, but his quarterback isn’t concerned that he might leave should another job open in, say, Texas.

“I messed with coach, [saying] he’s getting too old to start up again somewhere else,” A.J. McCarron said Thursday on ESPN. “He told me he’s not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban’s wife] well enough; she runs that house. And she’s not allowing coach to leave either. I think he’ll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.”

While Mack Brown’s status with the Texas Longhorns remains uncertain, ESPN reported that ‘Bama was prepared to make Saban, who signed an extension that runs through 2020 and is worth $5.62 annually, the highest-paid coach in the country. Meanwhile, Brown is preparing for the Alamo Bowl — and, according to the Austin American-Statesman, was meet with Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers on Thursday afternoon.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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