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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nick Saban reportedly ‘trying to see what staff at Texas might look like’

Nick SabanAs the Nick Saban watch continues, there has been very little that has developed over the past few days. We can expect it to remain that way all the way through the BCS National Championship Game, though the speculation is only going to get worse if and when Mack Brown officially announces that he is stepping down at Texas.

On Thursday, Geoff Ketchum of Orangebloods.com — the same people who broke the news that Brown is expected to step down at Texas — reported that Saban has begun the process of trying to figure out what his staff at Texas might look like should he leave Bama to coach the Longhorns.

Again, this is not earth-shattering news. We understand that, but any reports about Saban inching closer to taking the Texas job that come from credible sources are noteworthy for two reasons. One, it could mean Saban is actually considering leaving Alabama and starting yet another chapter in his Hall of Fame career. Or two, Saban’s camp could be planting all this information as a way to get more money out of Alabama.

[Related: Nick Saban is reportedly still undecided between Alabama and Texas]

I wouldn’t rule either scenario out. Money talks, and Saban is going to get a raise whether he stays at Alabama or leaves for Texas. With Alabama officials reportedly growing more uneasy as Saban lets a contract extension proposal sit on his desk, we could be witnessing the ultimate power play from Saban and his crew.



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