Nick Saban: Time is Right to Leave Alabama, But He Likely Won't

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

With all of the chatter on Tuesday about Mack Brown potentially stepping down as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, the prospect of Nick Saban leaving the Alabama Crimson Tide for Austin started back once again.

Just to review, here’s what we know:

– Brown is still the head coach at Texas. He said on Tuesday he has not resigned/retired from the Texas job.

– Saban has denied that he is leaving Alabama for Texas.

– Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, allegedly told Texas boosters a few months ago that the Longhorns’ job is the only one for which Saban would leave Alabama.

While it’s a moot point to discuss, at least until Brown is no longer the coach at Texas, speculation is what drives the sports world, especially in the social media age. So, speculating what might happen in this situation, it says here that Brown will resign/retire at some point over the next couple of weeks. He has a stellar resume, including a national championship, so he can ride off into the sunset with his head held high.

Still speculating, but when/if Brown resigns/retires, Texas will contact Saban (through his agent) to see if he is interested. There will be discussions until Alabama presents Saban with (another) new contract. Saban currently has a new deal on his desk that he has not signed at this point.

Saban has to make a decision in this case. If he is going to leave Alabama, now is a good time because of the losses that the Tide roster will suffer (specifically, quarterback A.J. McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley). Also, Saban has made it known that he was not happy about Tide fans leaving games early this season, and he feels like what he has accomplished in Tuscaloosa is sometimes taken for granted.

If he goes to Texas, Saban could further enhance his already formidable legacy by winning a national championship at a third school. He would have his choice of players from the deep recruiting base in the Lone Star State. When Texas is at the top of the college football world, they don’t miss on in-state talent, and Saban would make sure to keep the best players coming to Austin.

It will be interesting to see if/how this plays out over the next few days or weeks. The guess here is that Saban stays in Tuscaloosa, but that remains to be seen.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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