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Nick Saban to Texas rumors gaining momentum
This time it’s a host of media outlets reporting that Saban’s wife Terry and her daughter-in-law recently visited Austin on a house hunting expedition.
Burnt Orange Nation, a Texas fan site, cites reports from both Inside Texas’ Jesus Shuttleworth and multiple ESPN Austin radio 104.9 personalties who claim to have knowledge of the situation — complete with details of realtors, dollar figures and potential neighborhoods. Here’s an excerpt:
The original report on Inside Texas gives more details about Terry Saban’s trip to Austin, including realtor information, ties with that agent to the athletic department, shady real estate dealings in Alabama, and Saban’s relationship with Texas athletic department employees who likely helped set up the meeting. However, the report concedes that Mrs. Saban stated that she was only interested in purchasing a “vacation home” in the area.
As we mentioned in Monday’s Rumor Mill, there’s no doubt that if Mack Brown is out, Saban will be the first person called. But, as the Burnt Orange Nation piece pointed out, the whole Terry Saban house shopping story seems, well, a little odd.
Why would Saban, the most methodical man in the country, allow his wife to travel to Austin at a time when the Texas coaching vacancy is all but announced? Did Saban think that this trip could have been done in secrecy? Does he really care if it gets out? (We’ve seen how he’s treated job exits before.) Is Austin actually a city where people vacation?
Regardless of what comes of that particular story, one thing is unquestioned — if Texas makes a move, Saban’s name will be part of the discussion until the job is filled.
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