In an article by Chris Low of ESPN.com, Alabama head coach Nick Saban refuted the notion that he ever considered taking the Texas head coaching position.
“I never considered going to Texas. That wasn’t even a conversation.
“I knew that if Mack stepped down, there would probably be an opportunity, but it wasn’t something I was interested in doing, not at this stage in my career.”
On Friday evening, Saban signed a contract extension with the Crimson Tide, and then reiterated his desire to finish his coaching career at Alabama.
Understandably, Saban was frustrated with the rumors of his departure, especially given his repeated denials. He also found the media treatment of Brown unfair.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mack Brown,” Saban said. “Mack Brown is the coach at Texas. He deserves the right, based on his body of work, to be able to leave the program the way he wants to leave the program. It wasn’t fair to him or to me to be speculating about this job, which I haven’t talked to anybody there about.
“Really, the whole thing from my perspective stunk, but there wasn’t a hell of a lot I could do about it.”
Saban hopes that his latest renewal will finally put an end to the belief he will leave Alabama for perceived greener pastures. Given his past jumps from LSU to Miami to Alabama, it’s doubtful there is anything the coach can say to ever fully appease the media. For another year, however, Saban has beaten back the waves of speculation.