Get Ready For A Big Distraction, Bama… Report: Saban Feeling “Special Pressure” And Would Leave For Texas
November 6th, 2013 10:40 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Last January, Nick Saban’s agent talked by phone with a pair of regents from the University of Texas. The conversation centered on Saban’s interest in trading the Alabama Crimson Tide for the Texas Longhorns.
Through an open records request, the Associated Press has gotten its hands on an email that former Texas regent Tom Hicks sent to his brother, regent Steve Hicks, about that call. His email stated:
“(Saban’s agent Jimmy) Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him.”
Start your timers. It won’t be long before Saban’s top is blown due to reporters peppering him with questions about Texas and the “special pressure” he feels at Bama. For a man who hates distractions this — and rumors that his wife visited Austin, Texas to look at vacation property in recent weeks — will be a major headache.
Having said that, we at MrSEC.com still don’t buy that Saban would leave Alabama for Texas. Not at all. Not for a second. And we’re more than willing to throw out mega-whoopsies if we’re wrong.
First, no agent on the planet does a better job of using outside interest for leverage than Sexton. It would only behoove Sexton — and Saban’s wallet — to use the uber-rich Longhorns for leverage with Alabama (where he makes more than $5 million per year already). And remember, this call took place in January. By April, Saban’s staff had been given a 15% hike in pay. Hmmm.
“Would possibly consider?”
Yeah, that’s a real guarantee. Even if Sexton reached out to Texas — and that appears to be the case (see the link up top) — it’s still likely that it was Sexton’s usual ploy of whipping up interest in order to re-open contract talks.
Second, the 62-year-old Saban has said many a time that he’s too old to move again. He said as much in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired last Sunday. In the interview he also said that he regretted his “I will not be the Alabama coach” remark before leaving the Miami Dolphins because it hurt his integrity. Would he be willing to go down that road again? (Yeah, OK, on that one, we’ll say perhaps.)
Finally, if Sexton or Saban believe he could alleviate the “special pressure” his victories have created at Alabama by taking on the role of savior at Texas they’re both nuts. Want special pressure? Head to Texas.
And would Saban want to work for guys who aren’t smart enough to keep their and his business out of emails?
Speaking of the Horns, Mack Brown has recovered nicely from a shaky start to the season. Texas whipped its biggest rival Oklahoma and has darted out to a 5-0 record in the Big 12. At 6-2 overall, Brown can still get his squad into a BCS bowl, though an end-of-the-season game with Baylor looms large.
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