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

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’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).” 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

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