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Relax, Alabama Fans; Nick Saban Will Retire in Tuscaloosa, Not Austin

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 6, 2013

Wheels on the "Nick Saban to Texas" rumor keep spinning, and this time, it's Saban's agent driving the car.

According to an article citing information from an open-records request filed by the Associated Press, Saban's agent—Jimmy Sexton—told two Texas boosters in a previously reported conversation from January that Texas is the only job that Saban would consider leaving Alabama 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," former Texas Regent Tom Hicks wrote, according to the AP.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 05:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on from the sidelines during their 45-3 win over the Georgia State Panthers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Ge
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There are several aspects of this rumor that give the story theoretical legs.

Texas—which still employs Mack Brown as its head football coach—has the money to make Saban a massive offer that he would have to at least consider, is football-crazed to a level that's comparable to Alabama, has a talent base in the state that can make it a title contender in a hurry and would give Saban all of the resources he needs for an immediate turnaround.

But those are theoretical reasons, not real reasons.

Saban responded to the report on Tuesday to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, according to AL.com.

"Well I don't know where these reports come from," Saban said. "I've sort of addressed the situation before. I'm totally committed to the University of Alabama."

Well, he does know where they came from. His agent. But that's not the issue. Saban has to respond with that quote or some variation of it because he has business at hand.

While his reputation of a nomad won't help put this issue to bed, Saban is actually being honest this time around.

He's not going to Texas—or anywhere for that matter.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 21:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during pregame warmups prior to facing the Colorado State Rams at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty I
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

First, let's start with the obvious.

Saban just turned 62 years old, recruits the top talent in the country regardless of location, has built a legacy that's in the same ballpark as legendary Crimson Tide head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and is a few national titles away from standing in the same batter's box as the Bear.

Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban gives an interview against the Texas A&M Aggies after the game at Kyle Field. Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Texas A&M Aggies 49-42. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TO
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

What would possess Saban to leave Alabama now? A new challenge?

Texas wouldn't be "a new challenge." It's the same exact challenge that Saban inherited when he took over the Alabama program in 2007. He'd be leaving players who have fully bought into his process to teach a new crop of players the same exact thing at a different location.

All he'd be doing is hitting the reset button.

Is Saban under "special pressure" at Alabama? Sure. 

He created a dynasty in an era in which many thought a dynasty was impossible, which creates lofty—and sometimes unrealistic—expectations.

Is that going to change if he becomes the coach at Texas?

Nope.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 26:  A fan holds up a sign for head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Im
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

In fact, the pressure would be ratcheted up a notch. Not only would he be expected to win in a hurry at Texas, but he'd be expected to build a similar dynasty in an equal or shorter period of time.

That wouldn't be just special pressure. That'd be unrealistic pressure.

This is nothing more than Sexton doing his job and trying to get his client a sweeter deal.

Saban can go to Alabama and ask for a raise, regardless of what other jobs are out there. But since the Texas job may or may not become open, why wouldn't Sexton flirt with the Longhorns to get a better deal for his guy and more money in his pocket?

When an opportunity to create leverage knocks on your door, you let it in, give it a big hug and offer it a drink.

If Saban wants more money, Alabama will back up a Brink's truck to his house and dump off bags full of cash, gold bullion or whatever else he wants. If Texas can offer the same, Alabama will get two Brink's trucks, three Brink's trucks or however many he can fit in his driveway.

Saban isn't going to Texas, regardless of the homes Terry Saban is rumored to be interested in buying in the greater Austin area, per Burnt Orange Nation.

It just doesn't make sense.

 

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