Nick Saban has signed a contract extension to remain the head coach at Alabama, and that sound you hear is Texas crying into their 10 gallon hats as their overtures to get the best coach in college football have been rebuffed.
Breaking News….Nick Saban has agreed to a multi year contract extension to STAY at Alabama! Details to come out soon!!
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 14, 2013
Fans of the Crimson Tide and Longhorns have been holding their collective breath, waiting with bated breath wondering if the numerous rumors linking Saban to Texas to be Mack Brown’s successor would come to fruition. The Crimson Tide fans are all taking a collective deep breath, as their head coach is not going anywhere anytime soon, as I’ve maintained all along. There was just no way that Alabama could afford to let him leave.
“Nick Saban is best financial investment this university has ever made. We have made an investment that’s been returned many fold,” Alabama chancellor Dr. Robert Witt told 60 Minutes.
Saban has a perfect situation in Tuscaloosa, where he routinely pulls in the nation’s top prep talent and is in line to bring in the top recruiting class for the fourth year in a row that will continue to put Alabama in the national title picture that only gets easier with the four-team playoff starting next year.
Had this been in place this year, Alabama would still be alive for the national title, despite losing to rival Auburn on the game’s final play. Texas could have thrown buckets of money at Saban, but instead he’s going to get that from Alabama.
Texas will now look further down their wish list that includes some of the top coaches in college and some intriguing options at the pro level, but one name that could get more attention in the coming days should be Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who would be a perfect fit in Austin.
My belief is that as long as Saban is coaching, he will do so on the Alabama sideline, and that’s exactly where he’ll be for the foreseeable future.
Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and Google and email him at SchmidtPatrick@gmail.com for media inquiries.