5 Reasons Why Alabama’s Nick Saban Won’t Be Texas Longhorns’ Next Coach
Remain Calm, I'm Not Going Anywhere
According to an Associated Press report earlier this week, two University of Texas regents – one current and one former – had previously spoken with the agent of Alabama coach Nick Saban about the possibility of Saban leaving the Tide to coach the Longhorns. The conversation reportedly took place a few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship. And as with any such news, wild speculation ensued. But let’s be honest, Saban isn’t moving anytime soon.
Whether or not the conversation took place, it’s absolutely laughable to think Saban would actually leave the domineering fortress he’s created in Tuscaloosa to rebuild the straw hut that is 2013 Texas football.
Saban has not flat out denied the idea with a proclamation similar to something like "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" – which, of course, he said a few weeks before he left the Miami Dolphins and was introduced as the Alabama coach. He did offer some quasi-denials, but given what we’ve seen from him and other coaches in the past, it's not like there's anything Saban could have said that would have completely squelched the rumors.
Thankfully, we don’t need a firm denial from Saban to know he’s not leaving Tuscaloosa for Austin. Here are five reasons why Texas fans can keep on dreaming about luring the best head coach in college football away from Alabama.
The forgotten man in all of this is current Longhorns coach Mack Brown, who said before the season he has no plans of stepping down anytime soon. What he thinks of all this hoopla is another story, altogether.
5. He Can’t Take His Statue With Him
If Saban left Alabama for Texas, you have to imagine he’d spend a lot of sleepless nights in Austin worrying about what some crazed Crimson Tide fan might do to, or with, his statue outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Even if he could take the massive bronze recreation of himself to Austin, where would he put it? Not to mention the statue represents his status as a national title winning coach at Alabama, where he’ll likely go on coaching until he retires.
4. He’s Just Too Old
After the speculation began, Saban, now 62, said this: “I’m too old to start over somewhere else.” Not to mention the fact the Texas A&M game aged him another 10 years, so he’s “feels” 72 at this point. Furthermore, it generally takes him a couple of years to build a program to the level of success he currently enjoys at Alabama. With all the advantages he currently enjoys in Tuscaloosa, why on earth would he want to go to Texas and have to build a program all over again?
3. He’s Already Identified A Better Candidate
During Wednesday’s SEC teleconference, Saban offered up former Texas Longhorn and Heisman Trophy running back Ricky Williams as a great candidate for the Texas job. Saban, of course, coached Williams in the NFL during his brief stint with the Miami Dolphins. “I know that people talk about Ricky Williams for a lot of different reasons, but as a player to coach, the guy was as good a player as you could ever have on the field to coach,” Saban said. “He played hard every down. He was a great competitor.”
2. The President Of The United States
Sure, he must satisfy the Crimson Tide fans, but Nick Saban also has to answer to the Commander in Chief. He is required to visit the White House each April so the President can meet his newest national championship team. And, you know, it’s kind of hard to say no to the President of the United States of America when he wants his name on the back of a Crimson Tide jersey. If Saban’s run at Alabama ends, so too will his trips to Washington, D.C.
1. He Doesn’t Want To Stop Doing This
As winners of the last two and three of the last four BCS titles, Nick Saban’s fingerprints are all over the crystal football, which he and the Crimson Tide have become accustomed to receiving and raising every January. And there’s no reason to think he’s tired of doing it. Lifting this crystal ball is a drug for Saban – a drug he’s not interested in quitting – and he needs to get his fix every year. Ultimately, Alabama gives him the best shot at getting his hands on some crystal ball.