Saban says he wasn't interested in stepping over to Texas
HOOVER, Ala. — One day after report claiming that Nick Saban could have landed a deal worth more than $100 million to leave the University of Alabama for Texas, the coach denied that he had been close to leaving.
“I didn’t have any conversations with them,” Saban said Thursday morning at SEC Media Days. “Nobody offered me anything. So I guess if I didn’t have any conversations with them, I didn’t have very much interest.
“I think the University of Texas is a fantastic place, and they’ve got a lot of wonderful people there, it’s a great institution. But this is about the station in my life where we are.”
On Wednesday, AL.com published an excerpt from ESPN TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum’s book with Gene Wojciechowski, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football.” It alleges that Saban was not only the Longhorns’ top choice to replace Mack Brown, but was ready to offer him the biggest coaching contract in NCAA history.
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban. Depending on who you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 million and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million [plus performance bonuses].”
Saban has since received a new contract extension through the 2021 season that will pay him approximately $7 million a year.
“We moved around a lot,” Saban continued. “If I had to do it over, I’d have just tried to stay in one place and establish a great program, not have all these goals and aspirations of things that eventually, you know, you weren’t happy doing.
So I’m very happy at Alabama. Miss Terry is very happy at Alabama. We certainly enjoy the challenges that we have there, the friends that we have established here. This is where we just choose to, you know, end our career someday.
“It wasn’t anything about any other place, it was just about where we are and what we want to try to do with the rest of our career.”