Sep 20, 2013 12:07 PM EDT
Nick Saban University of Texas Rumors: Coach Hints At Wanting to Retire As Head Football Coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide
The University of Texas (UT) reportedly tried to woo Nick Saban, through his agent, to leave his job as head football coach of the Crimson Tide to replace Mack Brown, the Associated Press reported.
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Thursday the AP said it had learned of a phone conversation between Jimmy Sexton, Saban's agent and a former and current UT regent. The conversation took place just days after Alabama beat Notre Dame for the BCS National Championship.
The regent was Wallace Hall, of Dallas, and the former regent was Tom Hicks (older brother of Steve Hicks, who is a UT regent). Tom Hicks is the former owner of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and English pro soccer team Liverpool and he was also vital in luring Brown to UT from North Carolina in 1997.
Two days after the call with Sexton, Hicks reportedly met with Brown and asked him point blank if he was ready to retire. After the UT Longhorns' coach was informed of the call with Saban's agent, Brown said he wanted to keep coaching and the issue supposedly was dropped.
Brown is under contract until 2020 and makes an average annual salary of $5.4 million. Longhorns supporters are upset with the team's 1-2 start, which includes losses to BYU and Mississippi.
Still, according to told AL.com, Saban is very happy where he is and that he did not even know about his agent's conversation with UT reps.
"I haven't talked to anybody about that particular situation," Saban said, pointing to rumors from past years including the Cleveland Browns and other NFL destinations.
"Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We're really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here," Saban said, putting an entire community of Crimson Tide fans at ease.
"Quite frankly," he said, "I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else."