"I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."
We all remember Nick Saban uttering that quote as the head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins back in 2006. Well, three National Championships later, Saban has done pretty well for himself in Tuscaloosa.
Fast forward to 2013 and the rumor mill is spinning again, as Saban has been linked to the University of Texas. Sure, nobody in Austin is going to push Mack Brown out, but if he were to "step aside" Saban could certainly step in.
Much like he did during his time with the Dolphins, Saban had addressed the rumors about Texas. Mind you, this was done in typical Saban fashion.
"I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else," he said during his weekly radio show.
So there you are Tide fans. There is no reason to worry. You've heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. Saban is not going anywhere.
That's if you choose to believe him.
Why wouldn't Saban consider Texas?
It's one of the country's elite programs. The pockets are deep and the bank account is surely capable of handling a Saban-sized contract. Not to mention, Texas is ripe for talent.
It's the art of the "turnaround." The Longhorns have fallen on tough times as of late. Much like he did at Michigan State, Louisiana State and now Alabama, Saban returned these programs to glory. He is turned on by the challenge.
Sure, he may be comfortable in Tuscaloosa, and it's hard not to be when you are the king of college football. But, the challenge is in Austin. There is nothing more to prove at Bryant Denny.
Give it a few seasons and Saban could be the first coach to win a National Championship at three FBS schools. See you on the Longhorn sideline, Nick.
Everything is not bigger in Texas.
And, as far as BCS championships go, compared to Alabama, Texas is not better.
The only legitimate reason for Nick Saban to leave The Beautiful, would be to escape. To get the hell out.
Saban’s business (ring collecting) will not thrive anywhere else. Florida, for any other coach, would be the only exception, but he’s held in distain by a vast majority of the state.
So why the hell would Saban ever leave Alabama?
It won’t be for money. Those who donate to the Crimson Tide will make sure that he gets as much money as he wants. More than the Texas Exes could ever offer.
If it ever happened, “arrogance” would be the driving force. Saban’s ego would become so inflated that he would think that he could do no wrong.
But, Saban’s infinite self-confidence will be what keeps him in Dixie.
A lot of people say that Saban wants to go down as the best coach of all-time, and that he is trying to accomplish this by winning more national championships than Paul “Bear” Bryant at the same school.
I promise you, even if Saban gets more rings, he will never surpass Bear in the eyes of the football world. Bryant is the best of all time. Period.
But, Tiders are willing to call Saban their No. 2.
In the end, no matter what, Alabama fans are going to show up.
I lived down the street from the University of Texas-Austin, during their first fall-from-grace season in the Mack Brown era. Texas fans, when things get rough, do not show up.
Don’t get me wrong. I’d take Austin over Tuscaloosa any day. But I’m not a football coach.
Saban has the perfect coaching situation, and he knows it. He’s in Bama forever.