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.

Nick Saban rips Alabama fans for leaving games early

Nick SabanNick Saban has brought the people of Alabama three national championships in the past four years. In return, he expects full support from the students and fans who attend the games, regardless of who the opponent may be.

Alabama scheduled non-conference home games against Colorado State, Georgia State and Chattanooga this season. They will destroy play Chattanooga on Nov. 23 and have already beaten Colorado State and Georgia State by a combined score of 76-9. We get the whole “cupcake” concept, but how can you expect fans to stick around and scream their lungs out until the end of blowouts like that? Saban sure does.

“I talk about the players playing for 60 minutes of the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game,” Saban said Thursday, via The Anniston Star. “I think that some kind of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game, you should stay there and support the team for the game.

“Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let somebody else go who would like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.”

Saban made sure to mention that keeping a packed stadium for 60 minutes can even help influence recruits.

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Bret Bielema bows down to Nick Saban in great GIF

Nick Saban Bret BielemaBret Bielema slipped and fell down while doing the Hog Walk prior to the Arkansas Razorbacks’ loss to Texas A&M last month, and the embarrassing moment went viral. If you thought that GIF was good — and it was — LSU Freek did us one better.

LSU Freek, who is just an absolute wizard when it comes to making GIFs, decided to perfect that moment by adding in some Nick Saban.

Alabama spanked Arkansas 52-0 last Saturday, so Freek “improved” this GIF by turning it into Bielema bowing down to Saban.


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Nick Saban offered Ricky Williams a job on his Alabama staff

Ricky Williams DolphinsRicky Williams is in his first season as an assistant coach for University of the Incarnate Word, and it turns out he actually had an even better job opportunity he turned down.

When the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner was trying to get the job at Incarnate Word, he reached out to two of his former coaches for letters of recommendation. Both Mack Brown and Nick Saban came through for him, but Saban did him one better.

According to USA Today’s Laken Littman, Saban actually offered Ricky the opportunity to work on his staff at Alabama. Williams turned it down, perhaps feeling more comfortable working with Incarnate Word instead, but is considering the offer for the future.

But can you believe this? How odd of a pairing are those two?

Saban is one of the most demanding, straight-edge, no-nonsense coaches in college football. Ricky was suspended for an entire season for a reported fourth violation of the league’s substance abuse policy because he continuously smoked weed. He left Saban’s Miami Dolphins in 2006 and played in Canada because of the suspension. However, Williams rushed for 743 yards and six touchdowns for Saban in 2005.

The two must have formed a connection, because Williams says Saban is the coach he wants to emulate most.

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Nick Saban as angry as you’ve ever seen him (Video)

Nick Saban angryAlabama struggled in the first half of their game against Ole Miss on Saturday, so it was no surprise to see Nick Saban more agitated than usual. Following a false start penalty called on Austin Shepherd just before halftime, Saban exploded like you’ve never seen before.

Not only did the false start cost the team five yards when they were trying to set up for a field goal or touchdown, but it also forced them to use their final timeout of the half to avoid a 10-second runoff.

The Saban was angry that day, my friends. He was shaking so badly he looked like he had been electrocuted.

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Nick Saban brushes aside Texas rumors

Nick SabanNick Saban brushed aside any rumors that he might be interested in the Texas Longhorns coaching job should it become available, saying on Thursday that he is happy in Tuscaloosa and too old to start over at another job.

The rumors came up after the AP reported that Saban’s agent spoke with Texas regents shortly after Alabama won the national championship in January. Saban was asked about the situation during his weekly radio show on Thursday and said that nothing went on as far as he knew.

“Nothing went on that I know of. I don’t know about any of this stuff,” Saban said on the show. “I haven’t talked to anybody about that particular situation. They have a coach there.”

Saban also noted that there seems to be annual rumors about him leaving Bama.

“Every year it’s something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns,” Saban said, via AL.com. “The year before that it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We’re really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here.

“And, quite frankly,” Saban said, “I’m just too damn old to start over somewhere else.”

Saban may be happy at Alabama and focused solely on winning his fourth national championship in five seasons, but he shouldn’t act like he’s above switching jobs. He left LSU for the Miami Dolphins, and then he left the Dolphins for Alabama. He left Miami shortly after telling everyone he wasn’t going to be the next coach of the Dolphins. So excuse us, Saban, if we don’t take your word at face value.

Saban, by the way, is 61 years old. He still has plenty of time to go to a powerhouse like Texas and turn it back into a title contender.

Nick Saban interested in Texas? His agent spoke to their regents

Nick SabanNick Saban has put together a dynasty at Alabama and seems to be happy there, but if one job could make him leave Tuscaloosa, it might be Texas. According to a report, at least one side has interest in that happening.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, spoke with University of Texas regents shortly after the BCS National Championship Game in January.

Regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks, who is the former Texas Rangers owner, spoke with Sexton. Hicks was instrumental in bringing Mack Brown from North Carolina to Texas in 1997. Hicks later met with Brown for lunch and asked whether the coach was ready to step down and retire. Brown said no, so the matter was dropped. Based on that information, it seems like Saban’s camp was at least open to discussing the possibility of making a move to Texas.

Brown is under contract with Texas through 2020 and making $5.4 million this year. Saban, whose team has won the national championship three of the last four years, earns $5.6 million per season.

Texas was one of the best programs in the last decade. The Longhorns won at least 10 games per season every year from 2001-2009, including a 13-0 national championship season in 2005. They went 13-1 season in 2009 and lost to Bama in the title game. But Texas has gone 23-18 since then, including a 5-7 season in 2010.

Texas is off to a 1-2 start this season and got embarrassed in losses to BYU and Ole Miss. Could Brown be forced out somehow if the program doesn’t improve? And would Saban consider leaving Alabama for Texas if the job were available? I definitely think he would consider it. If not simply for the new challenge, then at least to get more money from Bama.