With the rumors of Mack Brown’s future with the Texas Longhorns swelling, speculation began to rise about who would replace him. The most mentioned and linked name, as well as the most coveted, was Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban who had led his team to three National Championships in four years.
Acording to ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum in his new book “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football”, the Longhorns were ready to throw an unprecedented amount of money at Saban. How much exactly? $100 million.
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” according to a passage in the book from AL.com, who obtained an advance copy of the book. “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).”
Hard to imagine that a deal of that size was turned down, even though Saban said in December that he wasn’t at a point to make a move like that in his career. Instead, Saban signed an extension with Alabama that made him college football’s highest-paid coach by a large margin.
The Texas Longhorns would go on to hire Charlie Strong away from the Louisville Cardinals.