Wow, and I thought Mack Brown only innocently started the Texas demise.
I remember those rumors at the time. Nothing more than using Texas's deep pockets as leverage for a raise.
The man of the SEC= The leader of all men.....the Football Coach God leaving that great program that he himself built from the dock on up....Oh-Boy.
and if not, leveraging and forcing the school and program to pony up more $$$$$$.
Enjoying daily the back to back ttun beatdowns.
The best head coach in the history of the sport wanted to come here but we said 'no'.
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster...
Well said sir
Saban was definitely leveraging for more money. I'm guessing the next time he's due a raise he'll hang the specter of retirement over Bama's heads.
"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski
Off season click bait or as pointed out St Nick angling for more coin
It either didn't happen, or he used it as leverage. Saban's the king of Alabama, and he knows it. He could walk out to the 50 yard line in front of 100,000+ at Bryant Denny and punt a baby, and he'd get a standing ovation.
Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.
I've been around here for a while. Not as long as some, but still a while.
This is one of the best comments I've ever read on this website period.
I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.
I Believe In Ohio State.
It was good. I laughed and I laughed.
Texas turned NICK SABAN down? How stupid are those cowpokes down in Austin (though I guess they did think hiring Charlie Strong was a good idea)?
Lol no one believes that. I’m sure his agent did what he had to to get his client a raise, which is his job, but Saban was never going there.
Right below that article is one where Finebaum talks about comments Fleming made about Bama recruiting and the coaching staff being unstable with coaches coming and going. I missed seeing anything on that but he apparently said that was a big reason he did not commit to them.
I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!
Jimbo did this same trick several offseasons. I guess it worked for him. Mullen too.
This was fairly open discussion at the time, although I thought Texas really did come after him. The Alabama boosters responded by collecting millions to pay off Sagan’s house in order to get him to stay.
This reminds me of the time when Gisele tried to leave Tom Brady for me, but I totally turned her down.
Let's Go BUCKEYES!!!!!
bullshit flag. 15 yard penalty.
"Come on, you sons of b!tches! Do you want to live forever?" -- Dan Daly, WWI
The joy of knowing how much a report like this pisses Saban off regardless of its authenticity makes me happy.
If Saban WANTED to leave Bama, he would have left Bama.
I doubt very highly if Saban actually ever intended to take the Texas job, I could be wrong, but he's the king of the entire state of Alabama, which may not sound like much, but the paycheck he's getting is probably why he let those rumors float out there.
He can get basically any player he wants at Bama, they're always in the conversation for the playoff. I think he just used that rumor to leverage his position at Bama for more $$$
Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.
If he ever left bama under bad circumstances like that he’d also have to sell his dealerships because they’d go under ASAP.
Plus it would cost a lot more to ship a Mercedes to players in Texas.
“It’s a loaner while his 88 corolla is getting its oil changed”
I just heard Finebaum discuss this very thing on Tuesday. I said the Saban would never take the Texas job, because at Texas he would have 30 bosses. At Alabama he answers to one.
2014 -- Nick Saban shakes hands with his boss
I think he used the wife as the “excuse” as to why Texas couldn’t pull him from bama after signing that new giant contract he miraculously was offered when Texas was a rumored destination.
I wish I cared about anything as much as Alabama fans care about 7 year old allegations of Nick Saban's possible departure.
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Saban is getting up there ... I really see him staying at Bama ... retiring in about 5 years.