With Internet rumors running wild on Thursday that the University of Texas was in hot pursuit of Alabama coach Nick Saban, school president Bill Powers evidently felt the need to clarify the situation and the status of current coach Mack Brown. Here’s what he said to the Austin American-Statesmen.
“I’ve never met Nick Saban. I’ve never talked to Nick Saban. We have not hired Nick Saban. Mack’s our coach, and I can say flatly that the rumors we have hired or come to an agreement with Nick Saban or even talked to him are false.”
However, Powers did acknowledge that a current Texas regent and a former Texas regent did reach out to Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, back in January about the possibility of Saban replacing Texas coach Mack Brown.
“There was an outreach to his agent, and I exempt that from this discussion. Whatever happened then happened. We don’t have any plans one way or the other (to replace Brown). And we don’t have an opening.”
A more legitimate rumor this week linked Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to the job opening at Washington with ESPN saying he was scheduled to interview Thursday. But ESPN”s Joe Schad is reporting this morning that the Huskies will hire Boise State coach Chris Peterson. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel (who quickly shot down the rumors) and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin were also mentioned as potential candidates this week.