Agent: Saban would only consider leaving Alabama for Texas
If the reports of house hunting in Austin were smoke from the Nick Saban-to-Texas fire, a report Tuesday afternoon has poured gasoline on it.
On the same day when UT announced the hiring of Steve Patterson to replace A.D. DeLoss Dodds, the AP reported that Saban’s agent told two Texas regents that the Alabama coach would only consider leaving Tuscaloosa for Austin, and that Saban’s success with the Crimson Tide had put him under “special pressure.”
Jimmy Sexton, Saban’s agent, reportedly made the comments during a 45-minute call with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall. Hicks sent details of the call in a Sept. 24 email that was obtained by The Associated Press via open-records request.
“Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him,” the email read.
The email didn’t elaborate on the pressure.
Two days after the call with Sexton, Hicks approached Mack Brown about the possibility of retiring. Brown, who is under contract until 2020, said he wanted to stay.
Saban, who was not available for comment following Tuesday’s practice, has maintained that he is content at Alabama since the Texas reports first surfaced in September.
As he approached his 62nd birthday last month, Saban once again said he was “too damn old to go someplace else.”
Photo: AP file