Alabama coach Nick Saban has signed a long-term deal to stay with the Crimson Tide, sources told ESPN on Friday night
Speculation has been rampant that Saban could take over at Texas if Longhorns coach Mack Brown decided to step down this week. Texas reportedly has reached out to Saban's representatives in the past.
ESPN reported Wednesday that Alabama had readied an "offer of commitment" to make Saban the highest-paid coach in college football.
Saban signed an extension in March that pays him $5.62 million a year and runs through 2020.
Quarterback AJ McCarron said Thursday that the coach told him he's staying in Tuscaloosa.
"I messed with Coach, [saying] he's getting too old to start up again somewhere else," McCarron said on ESPN's "College Football Daily" from Walt Disney World. "He told me he's not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough; she runs that house. And she's not allowing Coach to leave either. I think he'll be at the University of Alabama for a little while."
Amid rampant speculation that he was poised to head to Texas, Alabama coach Nick Saban will reportedly stay right where he is. According to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, Saban has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to stay with the Crimson Tide. Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa Newsbacked up the report.
Rumors surrounding Saban potentially leaving for the Longhorns have surfaced several timesin recent weeks, though no definite details ever emerged. Saban’s wife, Terry, told The Wall Street Journal in November that they planned to stay in Tuscaloosa.
Saban is 74-14 (43-10 SEC) in seven years as ‘Bama’s head coach and has won three of the last four national championships. The Tide are set to play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 after completing an 11-1 regular season.
Some reports said Terry Saban had been house hunting in Austin. Asked if the report was accurate, Terry Saban called them “rumors with absolutely no foundation.”
“We’re staying,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
The news of Saban’s extension broke minutes before Mack Brown was scheduled to speak at Texas’ annual football banquet.
Edited by Windu, December 13, 2013 - 06:35 PM.