Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during the third quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Major Texas donor thinks Nick Saban could be lured away from Alabama

There has been a lot of speculation about Mack Brown’s future with the Texas Longhorns. A lot of that seems to hinge on whether Nick Saban could be lured away from Alabama. Some think he wouldn’t want to leave and start over at a new program.

Major Texas donor Red McCombs, whose name is on the business school and north end zone expansion at Royal-Memorial Stadium, think Texas could lure Saban away.

From the Dallas Morning News:

McCombs professed confidence that Texas could lure Saban away from Alabama.

“Oh, I don’t think there’s any question about getting him,” McCombs said, noting Texas had budget limitations when Brown was hired after the 1997 season.

“Hell, all the money that’s not in the Vatican is up at UT,” McCombs said. “If that’s a problem, then I’m a part of the problem.”

A former owner of the Minnesota Vikings, McCombs said he had never met Saban.

He knows enough about Saban to like him.

“I admire him not as much on his wins as what he gets out of his players,” McCombs said. “I think Nick Saban takes a good player that’s a good player and makes him a great player.”

If Saban isn’t in the cards and Texas isn’t high on any other candidates for the job, they might be inclined to keep Brown. In the meantime, Brown reiterated his desire and plan to stay at Texas during a press conference Thursday for the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

“There’s been a little speculation about my job situation throughout this week, if some of you haven’t noticed,” Brown said. “My situation has not changed.”

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