Senior quarterback AJ McCarron continues to say that the next batch of Crimson Tide stars will still have Nick Saban as their coach. Yesterday, he gave his opinion that Saban would not leave for Texas, though noting that he could not actually speak for his coach. Today on ESPN, he was once again asked for his take on the Saban-to-Texas talk:
“I don’t think Miss Terry would allow him. Miss Terry is happy there and I always joke with Coach about ‘Miss Terry runs the house.’ But Coach loves it there and I don’t see coach trying to go to another program and build it all back up. He did that at Alabama — first at LSU — now at Alabama. I think Coach is happy where he’s at.”
McCarron said he asked Saban about the Texas rumors “a while back.” “He told me he wasn’t going anywhere and the man’s never lied to me in the five years I’ve been there. Like I’ve always said, he’s like a second dad to me. I don’t see why he would leave and why he’d lie to me.”
Well, if he did lie it would be to avoid a pretty big distraction as Bama ran down the home stretch of its schedule. But that doesn’t mean Saban did lie to him.
Once more with feeling… we at MrSEC.com don’t believe Saban is going anywhere. We think he’s “bucking for archbishop” to steal a line from “Patton,” angling for a nice big contract to remind everyone that one last-second loss to Auburn hasn’t knocked him from his top o’ the world perch. And if allowing Bama fans to sweat a bit might make them more appreciative of his successes, well, that’d be a happy by-product (though we think that’s an awfully dangerous road to walk down with the Tide fanbase)
On the other hand…