In college football circles, there are few names as big as Nick Saban. There were rumors after last season that Texas was trying to get Saban away from his job at Alabama. An upcoming book from veteran Alabama journalist Paul Finebaum says that Texas was willing to give Saban $100 million to head to Texas. That would’ve included a $12-15 million signing bonus, according to the report in My Conference Can Beat Your Conference.
Well, we know that Texas always goes all out to get the best talent and coaches–and has the money to make a deal like that happen. It becomes obvious however that Saban was more interested in becoming the next Bear Bryant at Alabama over the idea of making so much money at Texas.
If that was the case, Saban’s decision sounds perfect. Texas was forced to go with former Louisville coach Charlie Strong and that wasn’t the plan obviously. It will be worth seeing what happens over the next two or three years to see how Texas and Alabama do. It will only be then where the final answer can be given on whether or not Saban made the right move in not taking the $100 million.