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

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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.

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