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AJ McCarron: Nick Saban told me he’s not leaving Alabama

Nick SabanIf Nick Saban is planning on leaving Alabama to coach Texas, he lied to his starting quarterback. Either that, or AJ McCarron is lying to us. Either scenario is a genuine possibility.

McCarron was asked about Saban’s futur on Thursday during an appearance on ESPN’s “College Football Daily.” The senior took a shot at his coach’s age before revealing that Saban told him he is staying put.

“I messed with Coach, [saying] he’s getting too old to start up again somewhere else,” McCarron said. “He told me he’s not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough; she runs that house. And she’s not allowing Coach to leave either. I think he’ll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.”

As recently as Thursday morning, a report indicated that Saban is in the process of figuring out “what his staff would look like” if he chose to leave Bama to coach the Longhorns. There have also been reports about Alabama officials growing uneasy over Saban’s hesitance to sign a contract extension proposal, which has supposedly been on his desk since Friday. One second he’s leaving, the next he’s staying, and the next he’s undecided.

Of course, Saban is the type of guy that probably wouldn’t tell anyone — not even his starting quarterback that he has won multiple championships with — what his intentions are. And if he was planning to leave Alabama, he certainly wouldn’t want his players to know that before their upcoming BCS bowl game against Oklahoma.

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.

Mack Brown and Nick Saban swap hair and it looks amazing

Mack Brown Nick Saban hair

Mack Brown and Nick Saban are both 62 years old, but it doesn’t seem like it. Saban still looks somewhat young despite aging over the past few years, while Brown totally looks like a grandpa. Is the reason for the visual disparity between the two the hair?

Our friend Cork Gaines decided to explore the possibility by creating that amazing photoshop job at the top. Mack Brown actually looks totally normal in Saban’s hair and somewhat younger. Saban still looks semi young even with the gray hair, but the style just looks funny on him.

Alright, so if it’s the hair that makes Brown look much older than he is and Saban younger, then it must be the decline of Texas’ program that gives off the perception that Brown is aging and out of touch, right? Saban is the same age and just dominating the college football scene.

Shoot, if Mack gets Saban’s hair, I think he’d be a viable candidate for many other jobs. He looks totally revitalized with that new ‘do.

Photo: Twitter/CorkGaines

Nick Saban reportedly still deciding between Alabama and Texas

Nick SabanWith all the rumors floating around about Nick Saban’s future, the only thing we can seemingly be sure of is that only Saban knows what Saban wants. In reality, even that may not be true.

According to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, a “great source” claims that Saban is still in the process of deciding whether he wants to sign an extension with Alabama or leave the Crimson Tide to coach at Texas. Cowherd’s source said Saban is “weighing both sides carefully.”

We realize this is hardly breaking news, but it is not insignificant. A lot of people believed Saban when he said he intended to finish his career with Alabama. If Cowherd’s source is correct, it would seem that Saban remaining in Tuscaloosa is not a foregone conclusion. Those of us who remember Saban insisting he would remain with the Miami Dolphins and then leaving for Bama know that you can never be certain.

Of course, there still remains a possibility that all of this information is being planted by Saban’s camp to create leverage. If nothing else, Mack Brown’s impending resignation at Texas and Saban’s perceived interest in the job has made Alabama desperate to keep him. A previous report even stated that school officials are growing more and more uncomfortable because Saban has yet to sign the extension offer that was put on his desk last Friday. Saban could just want more money, or he could actually be open to leaving for Texas.

Nick Saban money bag GIF is the most appropriate GIF

Nick-Saban-money-bagYou know how they say a picture is worth 1,000 words? Times have changed, and one of the greatest technological advances computers have given us is the GIF. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a GIF may be worth 10,000. Take, for example, this GIF of Nick Saban snagging a sack full of money and walking out on his press conference.

You’ve all seen the news. One second Saban is going to become the next head coach at Texas and the next he’s working on signing an extension with Alabama. Whatever he ends up doing, it’s obvious Saban is going to parlay this situation into more money. That’s what makes the money bag GIF the best kind of GIF.

GIF via @Kevol80 by way of SB Nation

Alabama reportedly growing ‘uncomfortable’ over Nick Saban not signing extension

Nick SabanAt the very least, it seems obvious that Nick Saban is going to get more money from Alabama if he chooses to stay in Tuscaloosa. The impending coaching vacancy at Texas has placed the four-time national champion in an incredible position of strength, and ESPN.com’s Paul Finebaum is reporting that Saban has had a contract extension offer on his desk since Friday.

Finebaum added that the school is growing more and more “uncomfortable” the longer Saban goes without signing the new deal. As we know, there have been rumors from some pretty credible sources claiming Saban is expected to be the next head coach at Texas after Mack Brown steps down. However, one reporter admitted he does not have enough info on his Saban to Texas rumor to warrant a full news story.

Should Saban sign the extension with Alabama and stop making school officials “nervous,” it would be his second raise since March. He signed a contract extension worth $5.62 million per season nine months ago and said it would allow him to finish his coaching career at Alabama.

“From my standpoint, the acceptance of this extension represents our commitment … to the University of Alabama for the rest of our career,” Saban said at the time. “We made that decision after the season when other people were interested.”

As we know, this is the same coach who infamously said he would not leave the Miami Dolphins before accepting the job at Bama. We know better than to rule out a departure, just as Saban’s camp knows better than to pass up more money by denying he has any interest in the Texas job.

Nick Saban to Texas rumor came from guy who doesn’t have enough info to write a story

Nick SabanUntil Nick Saban makes an announcement about his future, there are going to be plenty of rumors about whether he is leaving Alabama for Texas. The difficult (and fun) part is trying to decipher what is B.S. and what is a reflection of reality.

The latest Saban to Texas rumor came on Tuesday from Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Stevenson caused the Internet to go crazy when he said a Texas source told him Saban would be the next Texas coach.

That’s a pretty bold tweet, but after realizing what he had done, Stevenson seemed to back it up a few steps.

Hmm, if you don’t have enough info for a story, how can you tweet something? And if you have enough info for a tweet, isn’t that enough info for a story? Maybe I’m missing something here.

I’m on record saying I think the Nick Saban to Texas rumors are a play by the Alabama coach’s agent to get more money from the Crimson Tide rather than a legitimate indication of what will happen. I do believe that the Texas job intrigues Saban, but I don’t think he’ll leave Alabama to take the position.

Whatever the case, this is shaping up to be an exciting week.