Texas President Bill Powers Speaks out on Nick Saban Rumors

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 5, 2013

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It's time to slow down on all the "Nick Saban to Texas" talk. 

For the past several weeks, rumors have been circulating that the current Alabama football head coach is on his way to Texas to replace Mack Brown, who endured an up-and-down season in Austin this year. 

However, Texas president Bill Powers put a kibosh on all the chatter, according to the American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls:

I've never met Nick Saban. I've never talked to Nick Saban. We have not hired Nick Saban. Mack's our coach, and I can say flatly that the rumors we have hired or come to an agreement with Nick Saban or even talked to him are false.

Powers conceded that Texas reached out to Saban's agent last January about possibly replacing Brown, but said that for now, the Longhorns "don't have an opening" and have no plans to replace the current head coach.     

There was a lot of pressure on Texas to move on from Brown early in the season after the Longhorns dropped two of their first three games to BYU and Ole Miss. But Brown, who has won over 150 games and one national championship during his 16 seasons with Texas, quickly turned things around, leading the Longhorns to six straight wins and an 8-3 overall record (7-1 Big 12).    

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns celebrates with Desmond Jackson #99 of the Texas Longhorns and Josh Turner #5 of the Texas Longhorns after the Longhorns beat the TCU Horned Frogs 30-7 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on
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They now have a meeting with Baylor on Saturday for at least a share of the Big 12 championship. 

But while the talk to replace the famous Texas football figure has cooled, it's not difficult to see why fans would get excited about the possibility of Saban taking this job. 

The 62-year-old head coach has built one of the most impressive college football dynasties in recent memory, winning three national championships with the Crimson Tide in the past four years. 

Despite falling out of the national championship picture after Saturday's thrilling loss to in-state rival Auburn, he is easily one of the most sought after coaches in America. 

For now, it appears as though nothing of substance is happening on this front, and any rumors you might hear likely have no legs. However, as we saw with Steve Sarkisian and USC earlier this week, things can change in an instant.