Whether you take it with a grain of salt or as the cold-blooded truth, take solace, Alabama fans: The Sabans don’t plan on leaving Tuscaloosa anytime soon.
Recent media reports have suggested Saban may be interested in coaching at Texas if that job comes available. Some reports said Terry Saban had been house hunting in Austin. Asked if the report was accurate, Terry Saban called them "rumors with absolutely no foundation."
"We're staying," she said. "We're not going anywhere.”
Update: Tuesday, 12:24 p.m. ET
According to Alabama wide receiver Chris Black, Saban has joked about the power Terry has in his decision-making process, via Terlep:
Chris Black, an Alabama wide receiver, said Saban often jokes that Terry makes all of the important decisions. “She kind of wears the pants,” Black said.
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This is just the latest saga of an endless cycle of allegations and rumors that have been popping up ever since the Associated Press’ Jim Vertuno broke the news of a conversation between Jimmy Sexton—Saban’s agent—former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall. It’s a conversation in which Sexton says that Saban would only consider leaving his post at Alabama for the Texas job.
Given the uncertain future of current Longhorns head coach Mack Brown, many fans and analysts have suggested that a Saban move to Austin could be in the horizon.
It’s no secret that the guy likes to move around. He jumped from Michigan State to LSU in 1999, then to the Miami Dolphins in 2005 before finally landing with the Tide in 2007.
Besides, what more could Saban possibly accomplish in Tuscaloosa?
Saban, now in just his seventh year at the school, has posted a 79-13 record and captured two SEC crowns. He has won three out of the last four BCS titles and is on pace to win a fourth in 2013.
The success has been so great that Terry seems to think fans don't completely appreciate what's going on.
"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," she said in an interview last week, per Terlep. "We're kind of there now."
But there comes a point when starting over just isn’t an option.
Per Terlep’s report:
Terry said that years ago, rebuilding a football program used to be "even more fun than winning" but that it has lost its appeal as the couple has aged (Nick is 62 and Terry is 61). Now that there's less to prove, she said, "I say to Nick, 'Why are we doing this? It's not to win. You tell your players all the time, it's not about winning it's about the process. This is about shaping the lives of young men.'"
She noted that this is the longest they've stayed anywhere—by two years—and that they feel like members of the community. Their children, Kristen and Nicholas, both graduated from Alabama. "We feel more like it's home, like we are a part of the community and pulling up stakes again would be difficult."
There you have it, Alabama fans. The Sabans aren’t going anywhere.
At least for now.