Earlier today, the Texas Longhorns took care of one important bit of business when they hired themselves a new athletic director to take over for the retiring DeLoss Dodds.
But, there’s still the 800-elephant in the room of Mack Brown possibly not being the head football coach in Austin next season. Even with the announcement of the AD hire today, that was still where the majority of the focus immediately turned to.
One name that has been in the middle of all of that has been Alabama head coach Nick Saban. As recently as a few months ago, it was reported that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, had a conversation with Texas officials back in January about the four-time national championship winning coach making a move to take over Texas if Mack’s time at the helm is up.
In an email obtained today by the Associated Press, Texas Regent Tom Hicks detailed some information from the call with Sexton in which the agent expressed to the Texas officials that Saban would only consider coming to Texas because he feels he’s under “special pressure’ with all of the success he’s enjoyed as the head coach of the Tide:
“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,” Hicks wrote.
I’m not sure how moving from Alabama to Texas would ease any sort of “pressure,” but I’d be more than interested to find out, that much I know.