The college football offseason is always known for its crazy coaching rumors. Five years ago, one of the biggest, loudest whispers was Alabama coach Nick Saban landing at the University of Texas.
Saban is still in Tuscaloosa, but the Crimson Tide announced Wednesday they had scheduled a home-and-home series with the Longhorns in 2022 and 2023.
It reignited a lot of “remember when” conversations. Mack Brown resigned as Texas coach in 2013, which then put the target on Saban’s back, given it was probably one of the only programs with enough money and allure to make him move.
An extension and raise were later announced for his contract at Alabama, but Paul Finebaum asked him about the rumors again Wednesday on his show.
“I think the key word to all that is rumors,” Saban said. “I never talked to anybody at the university of Texas ever and neither did Terry and she has never been to Austin in her life. That was crazy, crazy, crazy speculation.”
He went on to discuss how games such as Texas can further benefit both players and fans.
“We have played in a lot of these neutral-site games to start the season so we could play against a quality opponent early on and that has worked well for us,” Saban said. “But from a fan perspective we wanted to start working in some home and homes because we had Penn State home and home a few years ago. We’ve got the Texas game, we’re working on some other games, Notre Dame later on and maybe even some other home and homes. We’re excited about this for our fans and we’re still going to play a quality opponent for our football team.”