Today we learned there was some truth behind the rumors that the University of Texas could be pursuing University of Alabama football’s head coach Nick Saban. According to the Associated Press, days after winning the 2013 National Championship, Texas regents met with Saban to discuss replacing head coach Mack Brown.
From the Dallas Morning News:
Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former regent who is the brother of current Regent Steve Hicks, also was on the call.
Whether Sexton initiated the contact with Texas is unclear. He did not return a telephone message from the AP on Thursday. Alabama spokesman Jeff Purinton also declined comment.
Hall said a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton.
“I notified then-chairman Gene Powell, who then informed vice chairman and athletic liaison Steve Hicks, which resulted in a conference call with Mr. Sexton,” Hall said in a prepared statement to the AP. “Introductions were made and then I withdrew from the process.”
The University of Texas could afford him and has one of the most profitable college athletics programs in the nation. It’s just a matter of outbidding Alabama and removing Mack Brown.
If Saban’s agent did reach out to Texas it could have simply been to try and get the school with the most funds to give Saban an incredible pay increase.