Amidst Rumors, Saban Stays Loyal

By: Ryan Mason Email
By: Ryan Mason Email

For a brief moment, the college football world was turned upside down as news broke Thursday afternoon that Alabama’s Nick Saban had a conversation with a member of the University of Texas’ board of regents concerning the filling of a vacant head coaching position with the Longhorns come 2014.

As Twitter and Facebook began to virtually implode for a split second, reporters and analysts began to do their best to nail down the fine details of what potentially could have been one of the year’s biggest stories.

With information rolling in by the minute, the likelihood of Saban replacing Mack Brown, at the end of the ’13 season, became less bright. It was confirmed through a former regent at UT that Nick Saban was not in communication with UT, but instead it was his agent Jimmy Sexton.

Sure, it’s somewhat entertaining, to a degree, that Sexton and a member of the UT board of regents had a conversation, but to many that is simply all it was: an entertained thought. The ingredients needed to make headline news lasting more than a few hours in this case, would have been a breaking news story concerning as sit-down meeting between Saban and the athletic director at UT.

Instead, we find out it was simply his agent. Saban himself said he had no clue about the matter. Whether he’s telling the truth or is one thing, but he does seem to hold validity in his statement concerning his age when the thought of building another program comes to mind.

Hires and firings never happen in this time of year in college football, given a few rare cases, where colleges go searching for their next big coach. Sure, UT’s regents may be at the drawing board devising a plan for after this season, but not one than involves moving of pieces now.

Bama fans can be rest assured that their head coach isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon, especially to UT. Saban knows the ramifications this type of media attention would bring about to his program, so even if he had intentions of leaving, why would he jeopardize his season only two games in? Saban is not foolish enough to be making phone calls to other schools discussing future coaching positions in the beginning of a title run.

Nick Saban isn’t focused on taking over a struggling program in need immediate assistance; he’s concerned about winning three national championships in a row at the University of Alabama, and no amount of alleged job offers will get in the way of that.

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