Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) and head coach Nick Saban run during warm ups prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

AJ McCarron: Saban 'not leaving' for Texas

Texas head coach Mack Brown may or may not step down, as has been widely reported.  One coach that won’t be taking over for him is Alabama’s Nick Saban, at least according to quarterback AJ McCarron.

McCarron spoke with ESPN’s “College Football Daily” on Thursday, and said the coach himself has insisted he won’t be joining the Longhorns should that offer arise.

Here is a portion of that interview, via

“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.”

In order for Saban to leave for Texas, the Longhorns would probably have to offer him more than the $5.62 million per-year contract he already enjoys from the University of Alabama through the year 2020.  Saban is currently the highest paid coach in college football, trailed closely by, yes, Mack Brown, according to the USA Today list of head coaches’ salaries.  It has been widely speculated that Texas would up his pay.

Of course this could all be moot if Brown stays.

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  • Joseph Walsh

    Finally, a report from a substantiated source.

    • Brett Summers

      You’re joking, right? This site is the one that’s been constantly saying Saban is going to Texas.

      • Tyler Thrower

        I think he’s talking about AJ.

        • Joseph Walsh

          Thank you Tyler. Yes, I was talking about AJ. Also, Fansided, I hope you jokers learned your lesson about publishing your shotgun updates from random, unsubstantiated “sources”. Both Mack Brown and Saban are staying put, when a week ago you clowns were publishing all sorts of garbage implying to the contrary. The egg on your face is delicious.

          • Matt Cowlishaw

            If you notice, this article says he is staying. Thanks for the input though.

  • Patrick Manley

    LOL…like ANY coach would tell their players anything about a contract negotiation before its final. Saban is still under contract with Alabama until he signs a new deal. That means he still has to recruit for bama and he still has to say the right things. If he does not that’s a breach of contract. ROTFLMAO at anything he tells AJ is credible! I have no idea whether he stays or goes and now that Gus is in AU I could care less…but to take anything a current player says as credible in this matter is a joke!