Nick Saban's agent claimed Alabama coach would consider Texas job

Kevin C. Cox

Those Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors aren't dead yet.

While Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has said he's settled in for the long haul at Alabama, the four-time national champion's agent says there's one exception to that rule. Jimmy Sexton told Texas officials in January that the Longhorns job is the only one that could get Saban to leave Tuscaloosa, per the Associated Press.

Former Texas Regent Tom Hicks wrote in an email obtained by the AP that Sexton spoke to him, as well as current Regent Wallace Hall, about Saban's feelings in a 45-minute telephone call.

"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," Hicks wrote.

What exactly is the "special pressure"? That hasn't been made clear. It's hard to imagine that serving as the Longhorns' head coach would have any less pressure than holding the same job at Alabama.

In a recent 60 Minutes profile, Saban said, "There's not The University of Mars, which is a better place. There's not that. So now it's easy to be comfortable here." Of course, he made a similar statement at a previous job. When Saban was the Miami Dolphins' head coach and rumors were swirling that he planned on leaving for Alabama, he denied the talk, telling reporters, "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach," and "I'm going to put [the rumors] away right now. I'm just making a rule that I'm never going to comment on something like that again because every time you comment, it makes another story. So I'm done."

It's worth noting that three months after Sexton supposedly spoke with Hicks and Hall, Alabama's assistant coaches received raises from the university.

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