Posted: 4:27 pm Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Finebaum book: Texas was prepared to pay Saban $100 million to leave Alabama 

By Andy Johnston

91Zp11ztasL Texas wanted Nick Saban so bad that Longhorns boosters were prepared to pay Alabama coach Nick Saban $100 million.

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” according to a new book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” which popular radio show host Finebaum co-wrote with ESPN.com’s Gene Wojchiechowski.

“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).”

AL.com obtained an advance copy of the book.

Last November and early December were filled with rumors about Saban leaving Alabama for Texas, which was searching for a replacement for Mack Brown.

Saban signed a deal on Dec. 13 that will pay him $6.9 million a year through Jan. 31, 2022.

Texas then hired Charlie Strong away from Louisville. Strong has a five-year deal that pays him $5 million a year.

Finebaum’s book will hit shelves Aug. 5, or you can pre-order at Amazon.com.

20 comments
Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Texas wanted Nick Saban so bad that Longhorns boosters were prepared to pay Alabama coach Nick Saban $100 million."

In what Monopoly money? 

lulz

JaySly
JaySly

SEC west:  Alabama

SEC east:  GA or SC

SEC title:  Alabama

National title game:  FSU v. Alabama

FSU by 7

shankit
shankit

Who cares what obnoxious Paul Fine Bum sez,

he is a crossover from Tennessee to Alabama, 

and has a following that is disgraceful to the SEC

and the South.

Example: Bama call in "Paul, I jest dont understand

why Auburn still has an injuneering klass, Heck,

thar aint hardly any tranes running in Alabama anymore."

LostGoat
LostGoat

alabama can match texas with 100 million easy if nick decides to leave.  alabama fatcats will pay whatever it takes to keep winning titles.

96JB
96JB

I think Saban wants another ring or two to cement HIS legacy and he figures Bama offers the best chance as his age. And when you are a football coach and have 50 mil in the bank and enjoy little debbie's for breakfast and you're making  7 mil  a year and another 3 or 4 mil off your money, you lose site of " needing more" IMO

96JB
96JB

If you are working in a mine and filling more buckets with gold than you can carry, why would you leave it and go to another mine. To prove a point?

ElStinko
ElStinko

Who cares what that SOB Paul Fineaum says.  It it obvious he licks the chocolate out of Saban's panties everyday.

GTBob
GTBob

I very seriously doubt that Texas was offering that much or that Nick Saban would be foolish enough to turn it down.

slydawg
slydawg

If Mack Brown would have just left quietly and not tried to rally for his job, Saban would have been gone. You can't turn down that kind of money.

GTBob
GTBob

@96JB Winning another ring at Alabama wouldn't really prove anything. If he wanted to prove something then he would go to another program and win again or take another shot at the pros. You may think another 3-5 million a year isn't a big deal to Saban but my best guess would be that you are wrong. If he didn't care about the money then he wouldn't have used the situation to get a bigger contract out of Alabama. The fact that Alabama only went up to 7 million, and he accepted it is a pretty good indication that he wasn't getting offered 100 million from Texas.

Contractor1
Contractor1

@GTBob Look at what Arizona offered Rich Rodriguez.  He is nowhere near the coach Saban is and was offered stock options in oil companies held by alumni to keep him in town for like 7-8 years.  Texas has way more money than them, so anything is possible when you talk about a handful of teams, Notre Dame, Texas, USC, Alabama
, maybe Ohio State or Michigan.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Bobby it was a 10 year deal so the money is right. Problem is Nick ISN'T going to coach but about 4-6 more years and he's done. It would take 3 full years to rebuild Texas back to page one. Beside Nick would be coaching in a league that is 90% HUNH which isn't his cup of tea. Now if Nick were 55 instead of 62 then he GONE to Texas but not at 62.

Contractor1
Contractor1

@CobbCountyBraves 

Boy, you just wreak of jealousy.  And also not commenting on your own height, so being a real tough guy from behind a computer screen.  It's ok, you can come to Tuscaloosa if you want to see a National Championship trophy.  The one at Butts Mehr has termite damage anyways after being on the shelf for so many years without being accompanied by anything else.

Dman
Dman

@GTBob winning three more rings is what he wants to do so he can one up the Bear and become the best coach that ever coached at Alabama. Plus, his wife likes it there and if mamas not happy....

GTBob
GTBob

@Contractor1 Rich Rodriguez is making 1.5 million a year. That isn't in the stratosphere of what Texas was supposedly offering Saban. I just find it hard to believe they would pay 10-15 million a year with a 15 million dollar signing bonus even if they can afford it. Saban is a great coach but im not sure he is 3-5x better than Sumlin, Fisher, and Spurrier. They can probably afford top pay him 100 million a year if they want to. It doesn't mean it wouldn't be ridiculous.

GTBob
GTBob

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie A ten year deal would have been 10 million a year with a 15 million dollar signing bonus. I just have a hard time believing that Saban, a guy who has left programs in the past for much less, loves coaching at Alabama so much that he would give up on that kind of money.

CobbCountyBraves
CobbCountyBraves

@Contractor1,


All that matters is I'm tougher, smarter and infinitely more wealthy than you!  Now, inbred, get your smelly Alabama butt over her and cut my grass before I have to spank you!