Will Nick Saban Leave Alabama for Texas?


By Brittany Bivins

Rumors are swirling over Alabama head coach Nick Saban, with some saying he might leave the Crimson Tide for the University of Texas.

But are they true, and how much would the Longhorns have to pay to make that happen?

Rumors about Nick Saban leaving Alabama for Texas are not new. They've been around for about a year now. But whether there's any truth to them this time is a question that has people talking.

It's hard to put a price tag on Nick Saban's worth at the University of Alabama, but not impossible.

"You're talking about a residual value of a BCS National Championship over a 10-year period, possibly as much as 100 million dollars to a university of residual value, for one national championship," said Sports Attorney Don Jackson.

Right now, Saban makes $5.5 million a year. On Wednesday, rumors swirled that Saban might be heading to Texas for a lot more than that.

Alabama News Network Sports Analyst John Longshore says he's not so sure. "If another school offers 8, is Alabama not going to offer 8? Of course they will," said Longshore.

Sports Attorney Don Jackson says if there's any college football program with the money to lure Saban away, it's Texas.

"We're talking about a program that's cash-rich that could put a real significant offer on the table for this coach, if they haven't already," he said.

The timing makes a big difference.

"This is the season, it's that time of year for coaching rumors and coaching changes. You know, I wonder if Alabama was playing in the national championship, would this be a story? I don't think it would be," Longshore said.

Nick Saban is currently the highest paid coach in college football. Coming in second, Texas's Mack Brown at $5.3 million a year.

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