Delusional Texas fans, you need to hear this: Nick Saban isn’t going leaving Alabama. He’s not going to Texas no matter how much money the richest program in college football offers.
Saban has made it abundantly clear he intends to spend the remainder of his coaching days in Tuscaloosa.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that a current Texas regent contacted Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, last year shortly after the BCS National Championship Game. The conversation, according to reports, worked under the hypothetical idea that current Longhorns coach Mack Brown would step aside.
So? How, exactly, is this a national story worthy of national headlines?
Fielding potentially ultra-lucrative job offers from huge programs would fall under the “basic competencies” portion of an agent’s job ad.
Sexton isn’t just a good agent. He’s the best. That’s why, depending on when one looks, Sexton represents as much as half the SEC.
And when a program of Texas’ stature asks to discuss possibilities about a job offer for a client, a superstar agent takes that meeting – even if said client has no intention of taking the job.
Here’s what the phone conversation doesn’t mean: It doesn’t mean Saban will trade crimson polos for burnt orange.
The delusional Texas fans cling onto two thoughts: 1) Saban also said he wouldn’t leave the Miami Dolphins for Alabama; and 2) Texas will offer all of the money.
Saban knows he won’t escape questions about leaving because of his experience with the Dolphins. As much as he displays obvious annoyance to questions referencing his change of heart that led to becoming the Crimson Tide coach, Saban knows the questions will keep coming.
“I’m just too damn old to start over somewhere else,” Saban said on his weekly radio show.
He also has no reason to leave Alabama – which he has competing at a level where it contends (and usually wins) national championships every year.
Furthermore, the financial argument holds no water. Sure, the state of Texas might have more money than the state of Alabama. But what are we talking about here? Is Texas going to pay Saban $700 billion per season?
No coach makes much more than Saban. Even if Texas offered him $10 million, do you think for one second Alabama wouldn’t match?
Alabama waited more than 20 years for the next Bear Bryant. It found the “Next Bear” in Saban.
The Board of Trustees would sooner sell Bryant-Denny Stadium than allow someone to outspend Alabama on Saban.
Does anyone really see Saban agreeing to take on the responsibilities that the far-more-affable Brown has on his plate? Unless Texas’ Board of Regents agrees to buy itself out of The Longhorn Network, it’s hard to imagine Saban volunteering to fulfill the media obligations that come with the territory.
Texas needs to win the war of public perception right now – especially considering how poorly things have gone through the first two weeks. Pursuing the best coach in college football marks an initial victory.
Check the box. Move on to the next – and far more realistic – candidate.
Sorry, Texas fan. This pipedream will die quickly.