Reportedly The University of Texas were willing to offer Nick Saban $100 million to leave Alabama and coach the Longhorns. Paul Finebaum has a book coming out where he claims that Texas was willing to give Saban $100 million to leave the Crimson Tide and head the program in Austin. The title of the book which Finebaum co-wrote with Gene Wojciechowski is “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football.
Finebaum added through al.com‘s advanced copy of the book:
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban. Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”
Saban put the rumors to rest in December when he agreed to a new contract that will pay him $6.9 million per year. In January, Texas reached out to and hired Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown. Strong’s contract will pay him $5 million per year. \
According to foxsports.com, when asked about this so called offer Saban replied,
“I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn’t offered anything. And if I had no conversations with [Texas] then I didn’t have any interest . . . [We’re] happy at Alabama.”
Not sure you can believe everything that is written, but what is clear is that Texas and any other program would love to have Saban at the helm. The book becomes available August 5th.