Posted December 16, 2013

Nick Saban: ‘I never considered going to Texas’

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Nick Saban (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nick Saban is 165-56-1 with four national titles in 18 seasons as a college coach. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It could simply be posturing, what with Nick Saban signing a multi-year contract extension to stay at Alabama.

But the 62-year-old said he never considered taking the head coaching job at Texas, he told ESPN.com’s Chris Low on Saturday.

“The way this sort of got spun, it was a little bit more like, ‘OK, he got a new contract at Alabama, so he’s going to stay at Alabama instead of going to Texas,’” Saban said. “I never considered going to Texas. That wasn’t even a conversation.

“I knew that if [Texas coach] Mack [Brown] stepped down, there would probably be an opportunity, but it wasn’t something I was interested in doing, not at this stage in my career.”

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Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, had been discussing an extension with Alabama before the season ended. The new deal will reportedly pay Saban about $7 million per year.

“We’ve been trying to do this thing with Alabama all the way back into the season,” Saban said. “It really wasn’t about the contract. It was about staying at Alabama, wanting to be at Alabama, wanting to continue to do good things for Alabama and our commitment to the players here, the university and the community.”

Saban is 74-14 with the Crimson Tide, including three national championships, in seven seasons. He said all the speculation last week was hard for him, considering his relationship with Brown.

“Mack Brown is the coach at Texas. He deserves the right, based on his body of work, to be able to leave the program the way he wants to leave the program,” Saban said. “It wasn’t fair to him or to me to be speculating about this job, which I haven’t talked to anybody there about.

“Really, the whole thing from my perspective stunk, but there wasn’t a hell of a lot I could do about it.”

Saban reiterated that he’s not leaving Alabama.

“I don’t want to go someplace else,” Saban said. “I don’t know how many times I can say that.

“Maybe this will be what the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay thing was to the NFL the last couple of years. That kind of ended the pro speculation. Maybe this will end the college speculation. This is where I’m going to finish my coaching career.”

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38 comments
BigBubba
BigBubba

Nick Saban 1999 "I never considered leaving MSU".


Nick Saban 2007:  "I am the Miami Dolphins coach"


Hmmmmm.

GP1
GP1

Has Saban actually signed his new contract at Bama yet?

mackeson71
mackeson71

Sure, he's staying.  But i don't believe for a second that he didn't consider the money that Texas would have given him.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

I believe him. Follow the money Back in March I signed an extension for $5M+ and now another in December for $7M+.Me and the mrs feel much more appreciated now . I know  Its not fair to Texas   it's just business. sorry longhorns.

Mike26
Mike26

I've heard that his people have already "quietly" been in contact with a top Austin realtor...the more he denies it, the less most people believe him.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

PLUS....A&M's coach and AUbarns should not be even in the same vicinity as Coach Sabans. He should get 10 million a year. Had he not gotten this minor raise, the other two would be right there with him, with nothing to show even close to what Saban has achieved!!

PetragtioiWill
PetragtioiWill

Remember this as your paying higher tuition or your student loans.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

As an third generation Alabama graduate and donor to UA, I can tell you that they can give Coach Saban 10 million dollars a year and he will be worth every penny to the University of Alabama. Alumni and boosters that donate to the University would not bat an eye nor think twice about it. They can even double the assistants of his choice salaries. Coach Saban is paid ONLY out of the athletics budget yet brings in 10 times what he is paid to the University both in total athletics and other areas for the University. Coach Saban at 7 or 7.5 million ins still not paid what he is worth to the University. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So he makes 5.8 million and wins 3 out of 4 and then loses his division and gets 2.5 million raise? yeah, that works

MrArlington
MrArlington

"I never considered leaving Michigan State"

-Saban 1998

TCUfan
TCUfan

Take his raise back then.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Of course HE didn't speak with anyone there at Texas...


His agent did.


FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@mackeson71  More like counting on it. Sabans signed a $5M per extension back in march now another one for $7M per. Sabans are feeling much more appreciated now. Nobody locally ever believed he was leaving, not local sports  guys, not his players, not recruits nor their coaches he was visiting. A chapter will be included in his gift to the graduating class: Art of the deal by Nick Saban

nd68
nd68

@mackeson71 Totally agree. Finally someone with some sense on this board.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

@Mike26  austin is full of thousands of idiots saying the same thing, everyday.   i have been listening to these whack jobs for months.    finally, its over,                           i hope

Wesley11
Wesley11

@PetragtioiWillThis comes out of athletic revenues--revenues that have risen from the mid $70M range when he took over the program to nearly $150M. They can afford this salary ten times over and still be making more than they were in 2008.


Tuition has nothing to do with it.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

@PetragtioiWill 

Mine are paid off....


Saban is paid out of Athletics ONLY. His contract has NOTHING to do with tuition prices which compared to the rest of the US are not that bad. Out of state tuition has doubled, yet applications have increased 50% for out of state students.

Mike26
Mike26

@ShifterKart Yes, Alabama was once a bastion of poor educational and faulty economic systems; now, since Saban came in, all is well.

Wesley11
Wesley11

@WHO*IS*ESPNIt does if the alternative was potentially losing him. Even losing his division he went 11-1, something about 120 other FBS teams only wish they could say about their own programs.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@MrArlingtonHe didn't consider leaving until he considered leaving.  Then he left.   Most people moved on.  Apparently you didn't.  Enjoy living in the past.

Wesley11
Wesley11

@MrArlingtona) shame he never said that. b) He stayed and you're still getting your panties in a bunch about a time 15 years ago when he didn't? Really? Christ, what does it take for you people to just get over it and move on with your lives?

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

@playemball

You obviously do not understand what he makes vs. what he brings in by having the program being so successful, you are a plain retard, or a supporter of another football team. Whichever of the three, you clearly know little about the revenue the football team makes for UA as a whole vs. what they pay Coach Saban.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Wesley11 Don't tell this type of stuff to the "tax the rich" crowd.  They don't like facts getting in the way of their whiny narrative.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

@nd68


Hmm third grade was probably a little difficult for you as well I imagine. The best three years of your life most likely...

piizzadude
piizzadude

@Wesley11 @WHO*IS*ESPN and lets not forget he had the number one program in the country for most of the season, lost on a fluke play, and is returning a fair number of his starters. 

Mike26
Mike26

@JoeCabot @MrArlington He also didn't have any intention of leaving Miami to become coach of the Dolphins; this was also after telling his LSU coaching staff about a 3 days before the 2005 Capital One Bowl that he was taking the Miami job in the first place.


Joe, he's been a nightmare in professional and public relations.  You'll just have to continue to defend his record - while most will continue to snicker at him and his declarations.

Mike26
Mike26

@DrewLovell @Mike26 @ShifterKart @PetragtioiWill Yeah, Alabama is heaven compared to other states in the aforementioned areas....Do you bother to actual research facts prior to posting, or is it just easier to attack those that don't worship the Crimson Tide altar?

DrewLovell
DrewLovell

@Mike26 @ShifterKart @PetragtioiWill Guess you never lived there.  Do you always speak of things you have absolutely no knowledge?  Or do you just like insulting people that you will never meet face to face?


nd68
nd68

@ShifterKart And you prove with every comment what everyone in the country thinks about your state.

nd68
nd68

@ShifterKart Hey, I'm not the one that makes grammatical errors in every single comment I leave here. You're a moron.