Report: Texas still prepared to ‘break the bank’ for Nick Saban
Charlie Strong does not exactly have the most secure job in college football, and the seat underneath him would get even warmer if Nick Saban ever expressed interest in leaving Alabama.
We went through this two years ago when Mack Brown left Texas. There were rumors that Saban turned down a massive amount of money from the Longhorns. According to Brian Jones of CBS Sports’ “Gio and Jones” Show, a similar offer would still exist if Strong is fired or resigns.
“There will be another run at Mr. Saban,” Jones said Thursday. “They will break the bank. Whatever it takes.”
It’s very possible that Saban used the interest from Texas as a bargaining chip in 2013. We doubt it’s a coincidence that he reportedly had a huge offer on the table from Texas before he signed a contract to keep him at Alabama through 2022 at around $7 million per season (plus a ton of perks).
Saban has adamantly denied that he had any interest in coaching the Longhorns, and Texas denied ever making a formal offer. That hasn’t stopped reports about Saban being frustrated in Tuscaloosa and supposedly considering a change.
The most important thing for Saban at this point is his legacy. He recently turned 64, and he has made plenty of money over the years. At this point, his priority is probably winning more championships — not finding a team that will pay him $10 million a year over a length of time he may not even be around for. Rumors about Saban potentially going to this NFL team make more sense than him moving from Bama to Texas.