Reports: Mack out, Saban in

nick-saban-texasThere have been all kinds of reports today circulating about Mack Brown and his eventual resignation from the Texas Longhorns. Brown issued his own denial, because he didn’t want the internet to tell his kids first before it became official. This according to a source speaking with ESPN’s Brett McMurphy who claims to be a close friend of Brown’s (some friend, huh?). But whether Brown steps down or not isn’t the big story, it’s the early reports of who might replace him. Nick Saban.

Shortly after McMurphy filed his report, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted out that Saban is in line to become the successor to Brown in Austin:

This report came out shortly after Gil Brandt of NFL.com saying that Saban was in contract negotiations:

 

Why a Texas Christian beat reporter and an NFL reporter are the first to know this stuff, I have no idea. Obviously, we have zero confirmations from Saban or anyone involved with Texas athletics. Mack Brown is still the coach, too.

Saban has been attached to the Texas job since earlier this fall when the AP reported that Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, had spoken with the Texas Regent around the time of BCS Championship last winter. Sexton reportedly said that the Texas job was the only one that could lure him out of Tuscaloosa, where Saban has won 3 National Titles.

UPDATE: Stevenesen tweeted again after receiving so much attention. It wasn’t quite with the same oomph and had a little hedging thrown in there:

When Saban holds a press conferene to announce that he is staying put, we will know that he is heading to Austin. Right, Dolphins fans?

4 thoughts on “Reports: Mack out, Saban in

  1. Just saw on ESPN that Brown says he has not decided but who knows. I would be surprised if he was the coach next year. His position is completely undermined if they did decide to keep him. Lame duck coaches have no recruiting power and are going to fight to get respect.

  2. I just can’t see the control freak that Saban is taking a Texas job that would have too many people thinking the can tell him what to do. At this point in his career it’s not about the money. Will Jimmy Sexton use the Texas opening to get Saban and every other viable candidate more money? Yes, but I just can’t see Saban leaving for another college job.

    I have been wrong before.

    • Someone was all excited about Cousins starting in Washington and then you had to go and ruin his day.

      Reality is, after Saban and Meyer, the list of viable candidates for Texas drops off considerably. If you look at the next group of successful coaches from this past season, Dantonio, Fisher, Malzahn, Briles, Shaw, and Cutcliffe are the next obvious choices.

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