Alabama head coach Nick Saban has become the most coveted coach in America after leading the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships and three of the last four overall. And according to Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press, the struggling Texas Longhorns recently tried to lure the prolific coach away from Tuscaloosa.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9:26 p.m. ET
AL.com's Michael Casagrande has more quotes from Saban:
Asked about the report by Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News, Saban said he was unaware of any contact.
"Nothing went on that I know of. I don't know about any of this stuff," Saban said. "I haven't talked to anybody about that particular situation. They have a coach there."
He continued as the cheers from the Buffalo Wild Wings audience started.
"Every year it's something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns," Saban said. "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."
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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:18 p.m. ET
From Bama Online's Christopher Walsh:
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According to Vertuno's report, earlier this year a University of Texas regent and a former regent both reached out to Saban's agent about a potential move to Texas, where he would replace Mack Brown as head coach of the Longhorns.
Regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks reportedly spoke with Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, in the days after Alabama steamrolled Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Jan. 7.
After the call with Sexton, Hicks talked with Brown about the possibility of retirement, asking the longtime coach if he was ready to call it quits. According to the report, when Brown made it clear that his desire was to continue coaching the Longhorns in 2013, the regents put an end to their talks about Saban "and the matter was dropped."
Despite Saban appearing content at Alabama and the two regents ending the discussion, news like this doesn't bode well for Brown's future at Texas. With the Longhorns off to a disappointing 1-2 start this year and having lost four or more games in each of the past three seasons, it's safe to say that Brown's seat is heating up.
The 62-year-old coach is in his 16th season at Texas and has led the Longhorns to the BCS National Championship Game twice. In 2005, Vince Young led Brown's Longhorns to a memorable 41-38 victory over USC at the Rose Bowl. In 2010, Brown's Texas team lost to Saban's Alabama squad, 37-21.
However, since that loss, Texas has gone just 23-18 under Brown.
According to Matt Hayes of Sporting News, Brown understands he must turn things around, and he's remaining focused on the present. "Coaches block out the future. That's a real phobia. The total focus has to be on today."
Brown, who is 151-45 as head coach of the Longhorns since taking over in 1998, is under contract with the school until 2020 and scheduled to make $5.4 million per year over that time.
Meanwhile, it's unclear what, if any, impact this will have on Saban or his future. For now, his Crimson Tide are once again the undisputed No. 1 team in the nation as he sets out to win his third-consecutive national championship at Alabama.
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