The Associated Press has reported that Nick Saban would consider leaving Alabama to coach the Texas Longhorns. Through an open records request, the AP obtained an email, which detailed a conversation between Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, and two Texas representatives.
In his discussion with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall, Sexton described his client as being under “special pressure” at Alabama. In regards to Saban’s pressure, one part of the email reads as follows:
Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him.
There has been a lot of speculation and misinformation over the phone call between Hicks, Hall, and Sexton. Details on who made first contact are unclear. What the obtained email does confirm is that Sexton spoke at length about Saban. He even went as far to discuss certain dissatisfactions Saban has at Alabama, as well as hypothetical situations for coaching Texas.
While Texas still has a coach, Mack Brown, under contract through 2020, every new piece of information out of Austin makes it seem like the Longhorns will make a Godfather offer to Saban at season’s end.
First there was the phone call meeting between representatives. Then Terry Saban went house-hunting in Austin. Next, Texas hired ambitious Longhorns alumnus Steve Patterson to replace outgoing athletics director DeLoss Dodds. Now there is confirmation that Saban feels certain pressures from the Alabama contingent.
It’s looking more like there will be a bidding war for Nick Saban in the offseason, as he is clearly the most coveted coach in college athletics.