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November 5, 2013

AP Report: Texas is only school Saban would leave UA for

The Nick Saban to Texas rumors took on additional context Monday evening when the Associated Press reported that in January Saban's agent told Texas officials that Texas was the only school Saban would consider leaving the University of Alabama for.

The report said Saban's success at UA had created a "special pressure."

According to the report, Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, made the remarks during a 45-minute call with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and Wallace Hall, a current Regent.

The information was obtained by the Associated Press through an open-records request.

On two separate occasions this season Saban, who turned 62 last week, has stated that he and and his wife, Terry Saban, are happy at Alabama.

Following a report in September that Sexton had met with two Texas Regents, Saban addressed the story at his weekly radio show.

"Every year it's something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns," Saban said. "The year before that it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We're really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here.

"And, quite frankly," Saban said, "I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else."

After Alabama's win over Tennessee, Saban again stated the family's contentment in Tuscaloosa.

"I love it here. I'm too damn old to go some place else and start all over, I can tell you that."

"I know Miss Terry likes it here. The fans and the whole Alabama community has really embraced us from the first day we came here. We appreciate that," Saban said. "I know we have lots of challenges in the future. We're certainly up for those challenges.

"I'm not really at the stage of my career where I'm looking for some other big sort of challenge. We've got enough challenges right here to try to work with the players we recruited and try to continue to have a successful program for their personal, academic and athletic success."

Reach Aaron Suttles at aaron@tidesports.com or at 205-722-0229.

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