Why is Nick Saban interested in Gus Malzahn’s next job?

Jimmy Sexton, agent of chaos.

When the dust settles, I’m highly doubtful Saban leaves Tuscaloosa.  But I’m pretty damned sure he winds up as the highest paid football coach in the land.  And notice I didn’t say college football coach.




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51 responses to “Why is Nick Saban interested in Gus Malzahn’s next job?

  1. Keese

    Texas fans sure are abuzz about Terry buying a home in Austin. Hearing $10m/yr and a point in LHN

  2. section Z alum

    you know, i’m pretty sure the Alabama legislature would proudly raise taxes and cut education funding to give Saban a raise.

    • No..The Alabama Legislature is run by Auburn Undergrads.

    • Bazooka Joe

      Absolutely they would… You know my thinking has always been (and still is to some degree) that Saban will not leave Bama – not because of money, but because Bama has given him the keys to the car, the house, the state. Heck I think the Governor may report to Nick. I do not see any other school giving him that kind of control. That is why I see him staying at Bama.

      • Yeah and when you have been married as long as they have, it is better to set up homes in different towns. With the Lake House and all they just need a set-up in Austin for when and if Little Nicky arrives.

  3. Macallanlover

    Pretty sure Little Nicky doesn’t leave just because of money. He will get close to anything Texas offers to stay at Alabama. He may want to get away from the crazies, or he may just want to go where no many has ever gone before by winning big at three different schools. The latter would be easier at Texas than it was at Bama given the talent pool and where the program is.

    • I don’t think you’re getting the rising tide (see what I did there?) lifts all boats aspect of this, Mac.

      Jimmy Sexton has more than one client.

      • ASEF

        Odds that Mcgarity has a Sexton voodoo doll in his office and is at this moment sticking it full of pins?

        If Saban jumps to Texas, his PR narrative goes all the back to Mercenary Weasel Saban and never recovers.

      • Macallanlover

        Agree Senator, my comment was to the general discussion of whether Nicky leaves, or not, and why; not a response to the Sexton extortion game. Odds are probably less than 50/50 that he will leave for Texas but if he does, this will be the gig, and this will be the time, imo.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        If Texas wants Saban, Saban will go assuming that the dollars are right. He’s lost the “three NCs in a row” thing he had going on at Bama. The next challenge, as correctly pointed out by Mac above, is the ” NCs at three different schools” thing. That is a very viable prospect if he takes the Texas job. Little Nicky is more about historical conquests now rather than just dinero. He can get the same dinero at either Bama or Texas. I predict that he’s gone west before the end of the month.

    • You know…I started that “Little Nicky” stuff.

  4. Dog in Fla

    Every time Pete Thamel posts an according to a source once-in-a-lifetime rumor article that Mack Brown will step down and Gus will step up, Jimmy Sexton goes to DEFCON 1 and an angel overlooking a real journalist feels a thrill going up her leg


    • You’re working that angel meme pretty hard aren’t you DIF? 😉 Is it the holidays?


      • Dog in Fla

        Yes, this is my month for angels losing and re growing wings, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Ask yourself this question: You can have Gus Malzahn or Nick Saban as your HC–which one would you chose? I would venture to say that almost 100% of the ADs on the US would chose Saban. Who would you chose?

  5. Will Trane

    Alabama is in a “football conference”. Alabama and SEC have a history. Plus a string of titles. Money is important, but achievements in life can not be bought or sold. Like Saban, think he is a very good coach and a credit to “the conference”. Seems like it would be difficult to leave a place like Alabana.

    • Gee… Will. Alabama is such a homely state. Compared to Georgia anyway. Last time I was through Alabama was on the way to Mobile to catch a cruise ship for a family reunion. Spending 5 days on a ship just ain’t for me. Besides the annoyance of having to participate in all kinds of contests and games, I always get seasick.

    • Olddawg 55

      But remember, Will, as long as you’re in Alabama, the ghost of the Bear is ever present. Saban can leave Bama and its crazy fan base and start another legend at Texas…the fan base is bigger, more educated, wealthier, and more rational. The recruiting base is fantastic““““““““`, the weather is better, and Terry will like it much more. If offered, I think he goes!!

  6. RandallPinkFloyd

    Why even have an agent if you’re Nick Saban? Seems like he can just name is his price at this point. I’m sure he’s smart enough to analyze a contract, too. After all, he’s Nick Saban.

  7. AusDawg85

    “And notice I didn’t say college football coach.”

    Jerry is verryyyy unhappy with Monte’s defense. Garrett is an OC. Romo has maybe 1 – 2 seasons left in him. Just saying….

    • Dog in Fla

      Jerry better hurry. Other options are looking elsewhere

    • hunkerdowndawg

      Aus, I think the Senator means that Saban may get a salary as a college football coach that surpasses the highest paid NFL coach. No way would Saban want to work for the controlling egomaniac Jerry Jones.

      • Macallanlover

        Not enough room in Jerry’s World for the two of those control freaks. Looks like Snyder has gotten another scalp coming with Shannahan. Spurrier told me some stories about that interfering nerd, couldn’t blame him for leaving there. Saban could never work without having the reins anywhere, so that let’s Dallas, Washington, and Atlanta out…among others where the owners meddle into something they aren’t experts at.

  8. mdcgtp

    I think there are three options. 1)stay at Bama for more money 2)go to Texas for more money or 3)go to NFL.

    I have no clue which one he will choose.

    On one hand, the circumstances are more “right” for him to leave Bama than in the recent past. He is has more or less done all he can do there. At this point, every season is “title or bust.” Thus, there is nowhere “up” from here. Of course, one could argue it is foolish of me to assume that he has done “all he can do at Bama.” Quite frankly, he can always win more titles and were he to win a couple more titles in the next 3-4 years, he would be “alone at the top” in terms of winning big in a competitive era.

    Texas is obviously a different challenge for which he could be paid well. Additionally, he can relocate to a place that has way more culture and sophistication than Tuscaloosa. I have no idea how much that matters to he and his wife, but I would be shocked if Tuscaloosa is their “dream home.”

    then again, he can retire anywhere he wants once he is through coaching so I am not sure how much coaching 5-10 years in Austin matters to him.

    As for the NFL, I have no idea if that is an “itch” he feels the need to scratch again. if it is, Texas does not solve that problem for him and moving to Texas would be an interim step that would make no sense.

    Bottom line – he will get a raise. I hope he leaves Bama for the simple reason that it creates risk for their program and opportunity for ours both short and long term. I would be shocked if they did not offer Kirby Smart the job, which he would take. If he succeeds, he is an even more attractive candidate for us when Richt retires. If he fails, Bama will fall.

    The only real scenario that it is a bad move for us is if he was likely to grow complacent the next 5 years at Bama.

  9. VoxDawg

    Scarbinsky mentioned that the last time Saban bolted, it was after failing to defend his BCSNC. Sore loser, anyone?

    Plus, Terry’s “we’re not going anywhere” comment came BEFORE the Iron Bowl. It’s a brave new world, now.

  10. W Cobb Dawg

    So if Gus takes the Texas job, does that mean the barners come calling for CMB? I can think of 3.5 million reasons he might consider the job.

  11. www

    I’m guessing Saban goes to Texas.
    More money. Austin is a much nicer atmosphere than Tuscaloosa. Less pressure from fans expecting to win a title EVERY year. More resources. Easier conference schedule. More fertile recruiting grounds. A track record of restlessness.

  12. VoxDawg

    Saban to Austin would directly benefit the Dawgs in many ways.
    -Bama meltdown
    -Hurt Bama & aTm’s recruiting
    -As a bonus, he’d never have to leave the state to recruit if he didn’t want to.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      +1. Agreed. The primary beneficiary of Saban’s departure IMHO is the SEC East champion. The team, at this time, most likely to be favored to win the SEC East in the foreseeable future is Georgia (I believe Mizzou this year was an anomoly, it’s going to take years for FU and UT to rebuild and USCe…well…never wins the SEC East, does it?). It will also help Auburn, because of the in-state rivalry thing, but not as much as it would help UGA.

      • uT is done. Stick a fork in them.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Something else that is a bit off topic but deserves mention: Conference expansion is at a hiatus point but is not really over IMHO. One of the expansion alternatives discussed in the past has been Oklahoma and Oklahoma State joining the SEC. If that were to happen they would have to go into the West geographically. That means that there would be 9 West teams and only 7 East teams. We would have to have realignment in the divisions. Look at a map. The logical thing to do is to move Mizzou into the West and then move Bama and Auburn into the East. That also reasonably balances out the 2 divisions strength-wise. If Saban is gone, I think UGA becomes the lead dog (pun intended) in the SEC East and the likely winner in future SECCGs against probably Okie, Okie State, aTm or LSU. I, for one, am all for this. I think Georgia comes out of it with a competitive advantage, as long as the idiots at B-M don’t screw it up.

  13. Here is why Saban would be dumb to leave: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20131210/mack-brown-texas-longhorns-nick-saban/?eref=sihp

    Texas is a train wreck of dysfunctionality. When Saban says “mo’ money”, Alabama Board of Regents says “how high?”

  14. 69Dawg

    The rumor of the day is a three coach Sexton play. Saban stays for 7-8 million per. Jimbo Fisher goes to Texas fresh off his BCSNC and Smart goes to FSU and takes Bobo with him. Talk about making a sh*t load of money, Sexton will be rolling in it.

  15. VoxDawg

    I’m with the folks from TigerDroppings – the inevitable Jimmy Sexton Outside the Lines special is going to be Must See TV!