Even before Mack Brown stepped down at the University of Texas last season, there whispers were all over the place that the school had one target, and one target only as a replacement: Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Then when Brown finally stepped down, the rumors really began to start up again, but as we ultimately know, nothing ever came out of it.
But one of the reasons that many thought Saban would indeed make the jump was the fact that it’s common knowledge that Texas has an endless bank account, more or less. Courting the best college football coach in the nation, Texas could have really caused a stir by offering up a ridiculous amount of cash.
And if Paul Finebaum’s new book is any indication, they were ready to make the biggest wave in college football history by offering up in the area of $100 million to the Crimson Tide head man.
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” according to a passage in the book, ‘My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Fotball.’ “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”
If this report is even close to true, and with how close Finebaum is to the Saban contingent it very well might be, then you have to respect Saban for not immediately jumping on a plane to Austin and throwing up the Hook ‘Em Horns signal.