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Agent supposedly said in January that Saban would leave Alabama only for Texas

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During his second season as coach of the Dolphins, Nick Saban became the Alabama coach after insisting on multiple occasions that he wouldn’t be the Alabama coach.  In his seventh season as the Alabama coach, speculation has returned regarding a potential departure.

But not for the NFL.

According to the Associated Press, an email obtained via a public records request indicates that agent Jimmy Sexton told Texas officials that Texas is the only school for which Saban would consider leaving Alabama, and that Saban’s success in Tuscaloosa has created “special pressure” for Saban.

The email, written in late September, characterizes a conversation with Sexton from January.

Saban, 62, has won a total of four BCS national championships, one with LSU and three with Alabama.  The Crimson Tide currently is in contention for its third straight national title.

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22 Responses to “Agent supposedly said in January that Saban would leave Alabama only for Texas”
  1. doe22us says: Nov 5, 2013 9:18 PM

    The NFL probably dont want him.

  2. sirsupersouthern says: Nov 5, 2013 9:22 PM

    Hook ‘em!!!

  3. joenash72 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:31 PM

    Carpetbagger

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 5, 2013 9:33 PM

    nick saban creeps out john calipari, the underwear bomber, and people who smell strangers feces.

  5. chargerdillon says: Nov 5, 2013 9:38 PM

    If he’s thinking of leaving, I can think of only one reason a very successful coach bails out on his winning program….. if a scandal is about to drop.
    If that happens going to Texas will only probably penalize Texas, or at least it should.

    But remember Johnny Manziel got a half game suspension. So Saban should probably get like a quarter suspension.

    Mark my words, if he’s bailing out of Alabama he’s doing so to avoid the coming dumpster fire.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    Some car manufacturer needs to toss him into a commercial to combat the recent and rapid rise in Dodge sales that Ron Burgundy closed on.

  7. tacowrecker says: Nov 5, 2013 10:05 PM

    This definitely smells like a coach trying to beat a hasty retreat outta town before something comes down on him

  8. bennyb82 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    So that really means is that he is staying? I would only think he is leaving Alabama if he said he was never leaving.

  9. Deb says: Nov 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    Geez, it’s been six years since Saban left Miami. People need to move on.

    Tommy Tuberville told the folks in Mississippi he would only leave in a pine box and was standing in Auburn the next day. Last year Tubby skipped out during the team dinner at Texas Tech to take the HC job at Cincinnati. No one talks about Tuberville … or Urban Meyer … or Les Miles … or the two dozen other coaches who said they weren’t, then did.

    As a diehard Bama fan, I’m grateful for the three championships in four years. If he leaves us for Texas, he’ll leave us at least three trophies and a whole lotta recruits richer. I’ll just tip my houndstooth hat and thank him for the memories.

  10. dkkc12 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:38 PM

    The only school anyone would leave for their year in and year out championship bound school for has to be Texas. UT, as much as I despise them are the pinnacle of spots to coach football. The resources are almost limitless. The talent is 5star top to bottom, the boosters are out of this world rich, and the facilities are state of the art. And the big 12 with some of its heavy hitters leaving the past couple of years means Nick could come in and start winning right away.

  11. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 5, 2013 10:40 PM

    I wIll not be the next head coach of the University of Alabama.

  12. jimmy53 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    This is Agent Jimmy Sexton’s usual ploy. He tells schools that his client is looking around so it drives up their contract at their current school. He does it with Jimbo Fisher every time there’s a decent opening somewhere.

  13. DonRSD says: Nov 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    Bring Butch Davis back to The U!!!

  14. phin4life says: Nov 5, 2013 11:36 PM

    The only way Saban goes to Texas is after 5 weeks of denial, he gets agitated in a press conference and says “I guess I’m gonna have to say it…I will NOT be the head coach of Texas” 2 weeks later he’ll be gone.

  15. briang123 says: Nov 6, 2013 12:01 AM

    The agent is angling for another raise, which Saban will probably get now.

  16. musicman495 says: Nov 6, 2013 12:41 AM

    Saban denied he was leaving the Dolphins for Alabama about 112 times just before he left. So I presume his repeated denials mean that he will be leaving after this season.

  17. tubad4ya says: Nov 6, 2013 4:06 AM

    Why did Saban leave LSU for the Dolphins? Money.

    Texas presently employs the only other $5M+ coach in NCAA football and Saban’s agent knows it. Once again, this is all about the lust for (even more) money trumps all else.

  18. pnut87 says: Nov 6, 2013 4:25 AM

    Just how many people would kill to sell out like Saban can here? I know I would.

  19. hodag54501 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:52 AM

    I wonder what Mack Brown thinks of this. Brown is the same age as Saban.
    Mack Brown makes $ 5 million a year, same as Saban.
    Saban’s team is a contender for the national title again. Texas isn’t in the Top 25, with A&M and Texas Tech ahead of them in the polls.
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  20. letsgolos says: Nov 6, 2013 7:22 AM

    chargerdillon says: Nov 5, 2013 9:38 PM

    If he’s thinking of leaving, I can think of only one reason a very successful coach bails out on his winning program….. if a scandal is about to drop.
    If that happens going to Texas will only probably penalize Texas, or at least it should.

    But remember Johnny Manziel got a half game suspension. So Saban should probably get like a quarter suspension.

    Mark my words, if he’s bailing out of Alabama he’s doing so to avoid the coming dumpster fire.
    ————————————
    What about more money? A new challenge? Living in Austin as opposed to Tuscaloosa?

    I think it’s a little premature to say things like that.

  21. cranespy says: Nov 6, 2013 12:34 PM

    He has all the money and acclaim he will ever need…..why not go back home to WV and help put WVU back on the map!

  22. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 2:20 PM

    musicman495 says:

    Saban denied he was leaving the Dolphins for Alabama about 112 times just before he left.

    tubad4ya says:

    Why did Saban leave LSU for the Dolphins? Money.
    —————————————————-

    Actually, Saban denied he was going to Alabama once, and he took a paycut to leave the Dolphins for the Tide. But y’all do bitter so well, by all means … carry on :)

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