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Report: Nick Saban in contract extension talks with Alabama

Nick SabanNick Saban is about to get paid … again.

Already the highest-paid coach in college football, Saban is in contract extension talks with Alabama, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports. Brandt says the extension could pay Saban in the $7 million-per-year range.

According to USA Today, Saban made $5.55 million this season. The next closest earner is Mack Brown at $5.45 million. Ironically, it could be Brown’s status at Texas that gets Saban his huge raise.

Brown’s job status has been in question since he started the season 1-2 and got rolled by BYU and Ole Miss. The Longhorns are 8-4, which marks the fourth-straight disappointing season for Brown since leading Texas to a title game loss to Saban’s Crimson Tide in the 2009 season.

Saban’s agent actually talked with Texas after Alabama won the national championship game in January and expressed to some of the school’s representatives that that was the only job he’d consider leaving Bama for.

Reports are saying Brown will step down at Texas, though Brown’s agent denies that is the case. Saban may not leave Bama to replace Brown, but the threat of him leaving is enough to get him a raise.

Nick Saban paged over intercom at Texas airport as a joke

Nick-SabanAlabama will not have the opportunity to compete for a third straight national championship this season. Mack Brown is expected to announce by the end of the week that he has stepped down as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. What does one thing have to do with the other? If nothing else, it means the rumors about Nick Saban potentially leaving Alabama to coach at Texas aren’t going to stop.

Saban has brushed aside talk of him joining the Longhorns in the past. On Tuesday, some jokesters had a little fun with the speculation at Austin-Bergstrom International airport in Texas. Chase Goodbread of NFL.com rounded up several tweets from people who were at the airport and confirmed that Saban was paged over the intercom system.

Of course, Saban was not in Texas. He was actually in Ohio making some recruiting rounds earlier in the day. Yes, recruiting for the Crimson Tide.

Saban’s agent reportedly said back in January that Texas is the only job that could make Saban consider leaving Alabama. Now that Brown is expected to step down, Saban is going to be peppered with questions about the Longhorns. He’s not going to like it.

Did Nick Saban say before kick he didn’t think Adam Griffith could make field goal? (GIF)

Nick-Saban-Adam-GriffithAlabama had little chance of draining a 57-yard field goal at the end of regulation on Saturday, but Nick Saban tried it anyway. He knew freshman kicker Adam Griffith probably did not have enough leg to be the hero. What Saban obviously did not consider is the importance of having his players in position to make the tackle should an Auburn player try to return the missed field goal for a touchdown.

Or did he?

[WATCH: Auburn returns missed FG for TD to beat Alabama]

Just after Griffith missed the kick, Saban could be seen saying something that looked like, “I told you he can’t cover it.” Had Griffith missed wide left or right and still sent the ball through the end zone, the game would have gone to overtime. Instead, Auburn defensive back Chris Davis fielded it in the end zone and the rest was history.

As we said yesterday, the field goal attempt is a risk Saban probably shouldn’t have taken. Even if the above clip proves that he was convinced by another member of his coaching staff to try it, the blame still falls on the head coach. Whether it was returning the missed kick for a touchdown or blocking the kick and scoring that way, Alabama had little to gain if Griffith simply didn’t have the leg.

GIF via SB Nation

Nick Saban’s wife suggests Alabama fans don’t appreciate the team’s success

Nick SabanNick Saban’s wife assured Alabama Crimson Tide fans that she and her husband are not leaving Tuscaloosa, but she is not necessarily happy with the fan base.

Terry Saban conducted an interview with the Wall Street Journal and confirmed they are not going to leave Alabama despite rumors that Nick is interested in the Texas job. But Terry does believe that the success her husband has enjoyed in Tuscaloosa has spoiled the fan base.

“You come to a crossroads and the expectations get so great, people get spoiled by success and there gets to be a lack of appreciation,” Saban told The Journal last week. “We’re kind of there now.”

Bama has won three national championships in the last four seasons under Saban and is in contention for a fourth (and third in a row). Despite the success, Bama doesn’t sell out every game, and Saban has even complained about fans leaving games early.

The profile on Terry is an interesting one and shares some great information. According to The Journal, Terry and Nick are very much a team. She helps with his contract negotiations, and assistants even copy her on all of his emails.

But is she right about her comments about the fan base? Probably so. I wouldn’t say the fan attendance is an indication of that — most of the time it’s the weak opponents they are unenthusiastic about. But when you go 72-7 in six years, you set expectations extremely high, and the fans will settle for nothing less than championships.

Nick Saban irritated by question about AJ McCarron on cover of SI (Video)

Nick-SabanAlabama head coach Nick Saban has not won three of the past four BCS National Championship Games by paying attention to distractions. Anything that is not directly related to football is a distraction, including AJ McCarron’s all-American smile on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated.

On Wednesday, a reporter made the mistake of asking Saban how he thinks McCarron “looks as a cover boy” and if Saban keeps copies of those types of magazines at home.

“First of all, you think I sit around all day looking at magazines or what?” Saban replied. “I don’t even know what you’re talking about. You ask a question every week that I don’t know anything about. You need to come here and walk around and follow me around for like a week.”

Those who cover the Alabama football team know that Saban always refuses to discuss stuff that is printed and said in the media — whether he is lying about having heard it or not.

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Nick Saban jumps into AJ McCarron’s arms for hug after win (GIF)

nick-saban-aj-mccarronNick Saban broke out of his Robo-Saban mode for a second to actually celebrate Alabama’s 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

Immediately after the game ended, Robo-Saban ran onto the field and jumped into the arms of senior quarterback A.J. McCarron for a huge hug.

McCarron called the contest with LSU a “huge game” and Bama’s “toughest game so far.” But after showing human emotion for a brief moment, Saban went back to his professional mode for his postgame interview with CBS. He continued to talk up McCarron, calling the senior the best quarterback in the country and urging fans and media to overlook statistics (presumably yards etc.) in favor of wins.

GIF via SB Nation

Jimmy Sexton: Texas is only job Nick Saban would consider

Nick SabanTexas is the only job Nick Saban would consider leaving Alabama for, the coach’s agent told Longhorns officials in January, according to a report.

You may recall it was revealed in September that Sexton spoke with a current and former Texas regent in January shortly after Alabama won the national championship. Former regent Tom Hicks, who used to own the Texas Rangers, asked current Longhorns coach Mack Brown whether he was ready to retire. Brown said no, so the issue was dropped. When presented with questions about the report, Saban said he hadn’t spoken to anyone and didn’t know about the rumors.

While that may be true, Sexton supposedly told Texas that their football job was the only one Saban would consider leaving Bama for.

“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,” Hicks wrote in a September email to his brother/current regent Steve Hicks, per the AP.

Saban said he was too old to start over somewhere else. He also has built so much of a dynasty at Bama that it would be difficult to envision him leaving. I think this was simply a matter of logic; Texas could use a new coach, so they started with the best one out there. While Saban must respect the job and recognize that it’s on par with Bama, he probably knows he realistically can’t leave.

If anything, this report should just show us how prestigious the Texas job is should it become vacant.