With the departure of Mack Brown at the end of last season, the most prominent college football program in the country, the Texas Longhorns, had a vacancy in their head coaching chair. Even before Brown announced that he would be stepping down and it was obvious he was enjoying his final season at the helm, one name continually popped up and it was that of Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
It made sense that the most prominent name in the coaching game would be brought up for the most prominent position in college sports, however Texas athletic director Steve Patterson indicated on Friday, and pretty clearly, that Saban was not even close to making the move to Austin.
“I don’t feel that we were ever close to having Nick Saban as the coach at the University of Texas.” Patterson told Paul Finebaum during an appearance on his show Friday.
Of course, as was expected, the rumors of Saban to Texas were rampant during the offseason, even including reports of Saban’s wife searching for some real estate in the Austin area.
As we know now, the Longhorns ended up bringing in Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to take over for Brown, while Saban is looking to get the Crimson Tide back to the national championship game.