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Texas reportedly was prepared to offer Nick Saban $100 million

Nick SabanNick Saban took some time waffling between Texas and Alabama last year, and now we have a better understanding of what may have made the choice so difficult.

According to radio/TV host Paul Finebaum, Texas was prepared to give Saban a $100 million offer to coach the Longhorns football team.

Below is an excerpt from Finebaum’s upcoming book “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” which was co-written by ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski. According to AL.com, which received an advance copy of the book, Finebaum says Texas going to offer Saban a $15 million signing bonus and total package that would pay him $100 million-plus.

Here’s what AL.com says:

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”

Saban instead signed a contract extension with Alabama in December which pays him at least $6.9 million per year through 2022.

What do you make of this Texas offer? Did the Longhorns actually give him this offer and did he turn it down? Or did talks never get to that stage? If Saban were really told by Texas he could get $100 million, that would have to have commanded his attention and caused him to consider the job, which he did. Who can blame him for that?

Saban ultimately said he was too old to start over somewhere else, and that does make sense. How long would he have had to stay at Texas to see all of that money? 10 years? At this point for Saban it probably is not about the cash but about maintaining his dynasty and building a legacy of one of the greatest college football coaches ever.

Nick Saban shows off his muscles, tan on jet ski

Nick Saban jet ski

Look at Nick Saban right there. Everyone makes fun of him for being so short, but who knew that under those over-sized polo shirts he was hiding those massive guns?

I mean Saban isn’t completely ripped or musclebound, but those are some pretty good-sized biceps and triceps right there. He does have a classic farmer’s tan, too, but otherwise that tan is looking pretty strong.

This is Saban at his home in Lake Burton, Ga., which is in the northeast part of the state by the Tennessee and South Carolina borders.

Saban? Fun? On a jet ski? At a lake? What the heck is all this? Doesn’t he have some recruiting to do or defensive schemes to perfect? I don’t know if I approve.

H/T Busted Coverage

Auburn’s Tre Williams says Nick Saban has ‘little man syndrome’

Nick SabanAuburn five-star linebacker recruit Tre Williams grew up an Alabama fan. He told AL.com last week that his decision to commit to Auburn was extremely difficult, but that hasn’t stopped him from fueling the rivalry between the two programs — even if it means taking a friendly jab at Nick Saban.

During a recent interview with “Prep Sports Hour” on WSNP, Williams was asked to play a word association game. When the name “Nick Saban” was thrown at him, he spat back the following phrase.

“Little man syndrome.”

Williams was clearly joking, but I’m sure there are plenty of Crimson Tide fans who won’t find it funny. In the same interview where Williams called his decision to commit to Auburn over Alabama difficult, he also said Auburn owns the recruiting scene in the Mobile, Ala. area.

“Auburn owns Mobile,” he said. “They will own Mobile until we leave.”

Obviously, Williams is not going to be a favorite among Alabama fans. Does that make him any different from any other Auburn player? Not really, so I’m sure he doesn’t care.

Hey, remember what Darrelle Revis said about Bill Belichick once during a word association game? Revis now plays for The Hoodie. No hard feelings.

H/T Saturday Down South via Dr. Saturday

Nick Saban on Pat White Corvette allegation: ‘Kiss my ass’

Nick SabanNick Saban was not the coach at Alabama at the time former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was coming out of high school, but that doesn’t mean he’s not annoyed by White’s accusations. On Thursday evening, Mike Organ of The Tennesseean asked Saban about White’s claim that he was offered a Corvette to sign with the Crimson Tide. Saban gave a classic response.

“I didn’t even know it happened so I can’t comment on it,” he said. “Is that the best thing we can talk about? Kiss my ass.”

White’s comment — which he wrote on Facebook — has become a pretty big story, so someone was bound to ask Saban about it. And he was bound to give a very Saban-like response, especially considering he was speaking at the annual Crimson Caravan.

The entire discussion came about after current Alabama running back Derrick Henry created a stir when he posted a photo on Instagram standing in front of his brand new Dodge Charger. For what it’s worth, former Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods said the Tide were hardly interested in White.

“I didn’t recruit Pat, but I remember he wanted to be a quarterback,” Woods told The Tennesseean. “I remember a discussion that we weren’t going to recruit him as a quarterback. That was kind of a closed book on him pretty early because he wanted to be a quarterback.”

I dare someone to ask Saban about it again.

Johnny Manziel and Nick Saban share awkward handshake (Video)

Johnny Manziel Nick SabanNick Saban was at Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft on Thursday, and the Sabanator ran into Johnny Football while he was there. The result was a weird handshake and embrace that was quite befitting of Saban’s awkwardness.

The Alabama coach gave a handshake to Manziel and then the quarterback’s mom. Then Manziel went in for a hug type thing and ended up giving Saban a pat on the shoulder. The Sabanator did his best to reciprocate, but you could tell he really didn’t know what to do. Interpersonal interactions are not Saban’s specialty, to say the least.

So good.

Video via @Lana

Nick Saban took fantastic picture with Alabama Gymnastics team

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Nick Saban took some time on Monday to talk to the Alabama gymnastics team about a concept he is very familiar with — winning. But somewhere in between, he posed for one of the most fantastically awkward pictures you will ever see with the team.

“Don’t mind me, I’m just keeping my hands to myself here.”

Saban could not have looked more uncomfortable. Like the Crimson Tide football team, the gymnastics team won national championships in 2011 and 2012. Loosen up, Nick — you guys have more in common than you think.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Twitter/Sarah Patterson

Brendon Ayanbadejo thinks Nick Saban traded him because he took paternity leave

Brendon-Ayanbadejo-Complaining-About-AFC-ChampionshipFormer NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo can relate to New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Like Murphy, Ayanbadejo once faced criticism during his career after he chose to be with his wife for the birth of his child. The difference is Murphy has received the support of his coaching staff.

In his FOX Sports column on Friday, Ayanbadejo wrote about how he took a small amount of time off from preseason action with the Miami Dolphins back in 2005 when his daughter was born. He said that Nick Saban, who was coaching in Miami at the time, made it clear that he did not approve of him missing any practice time to be with family.

Despite Saban’s wishes, Ayanbadejo said he took a total of about 36 hours off to be with his wife — who was recovering from having a C-section — and newborn child. He was traded shortly thereafter.

Five days after the birth of my child, I found out that I was traded to the Chicago Bears. Due to the timing of the circumstances, it was a nightmare. But in retrospect, it was clearly one of the best things that happened to my football career.

As I left Miami, I had more questions than answers. Did Saban ship me off because I put my family before football? Did the team question my desire to be a Dolphin because of my life priorities?

Personally, I don’t see the issue with players taking a little bit of time off to be with their families when a child is born. We wouldn’t question anyone in any other profession if they did that. At the same time, I’m not surprised to hear that Saban supposedly did not approve. We all know how he can be.

Related: Boomer Esiason apologizes for comments about Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave