On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the member of the University of Texas board of regents reached out to Jimmy Sexton, Nick Saban’s agent. This is a stunning development. For years, Texas fans believed that the big boosters and the administration were so enamored with Mack Brown’s snake oil sales pitch that there was no hope for change no matter how bad it got. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 title game. Tom Hicks, a former regent who is the brother of current regent Steve Hicks, also was on the call. Tom Hicks, the former owner of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and the English professional soccer team Liverpool, was a regent in 1997 when Brown came to Texas and was instrumental in hiring him away from North Carolina.
Nick Saban’s agent was approached by University of Texas regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks in January to see if the Alabama coach would be interested in the Longhorns job if Mack Brown were to retire. Hicks then approached Brown
Two days after the call with Sexton, Tom Hicks met with Brown over lunch and told him about the call, according to several people who spoke with the AP. He asked Brown if he was ready to retire.
Brown, who had just finished his 15th season at Texas, said he wanted to keep coaching, and the matter was dropped.
At least someone associated with Texas has some foresight. This should give Texas fans hope that change should be on the horizon.