The rumors that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was being courted by the Texas Longhorns just got a huge bump. There was a report that Saban and Texas regents had talked about him replacing head coach Mack Brown if he retired or left under other circumstances.
A couple of regents have called into question the facts in the report saying there was no phone call with Saban’s agent Jimmy Sexton.
From the Dallas Morning News:
Joe Jamail, a billionaire trial lawyer who is one of the top donors to Texas, is Brown’s attorney. When asked about the conference call with Sexton and the lunch meeting, Jamail suggested Hall was acting on his own and threatened to sue anyone outside the university if they try to pressure Brown to resign.
“If there are any more, get ready for a lawsuit,” Jamail said. “Mack has publicly stated he wants to coach.”
Mack Brown for his part has remained relatively unfazed by the rumors.
“They’ve been swirling for 16 years,” Brown said.
Having a powerful attorney threaten to sue if he is forced to resign is a big stick to carry. Brown is currently under contract through the 2020 season and will make $5.4 million this year.