Texas Football: Longhorns fans react to Nick Saban retiring

Shocking news came for all SEC programs, including Texas football, on Jan. 10 with the reported retirement of longtime legendary Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban, Texas football
Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban, Texas football / Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY

There was a lot of shocking news that rocked the Texas football program and its fans on Jan. 10. First, it was announced that Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis was leaving the program to take the same job with his alma mater, the LSU Tigers.

Later in the afternoon on Jan. 10, even more shocking news rocked the college football landscape. A report from ESPN's Chris Low stated that longtime legendary Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban "informed his team that he's retiring".

Texas football social media reacts to the retirement of Alabama head coach Nick Saban

This news comes after Saban and the Tide were eliminated in the College Football Playoff Semifinals game at the Rose Bowl in an overtime thriller by the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines on Jan. 1. Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh would eventually go on to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 7 over the No. 2 Washington Huskies.

Saban's retirement means he finishes his final season during his legendary run in Tuscaloosa with a record of 12-2 (9-0 SEC West). Saban is retiring after spending nearly three decades as a college head coach and over 30 years as a football coach at all levels, including the NFL.

He tied fellow legendary Alabama head coach Bear Bryant for the most National Championships won for the Tide (six). Saban also holds the record for the most national titles won by a college football head coach (seven). He won one title with the LSU Tigers during the 2003 season.

The news of Saban's retirement will be one of many massive shakeups that will usher in this new era of SEC football. The SEC was already going to have a different look in 2024, with Texas and Oklahoma joining the conference. But the end of the Saban era at Alabama changes things even more drastically for the SEC heading into the future.

Saban also had an impact on the current state of the Texas program in a huge way. He was the coach who gave a second chance to current Texas head coach and the former Broyles Award winner Steve Sarkisian, who was the offensive coordinator at Alabama before taking the job with the Longhorns a few years ago.

Here's a look at some fan and media reactions from the Longhorns after the massive news was reported on Jan. 10 of Saban's retirement from coaching after a storied tenure at Alabama.

This would be tremendous for Saban to be an analyst at Texas post-head coaching retirement.

The question is now which head coaching candidates Alabama targets to replace Saban. Everyone in the Texas sphere is hoping it is anyone other than Sarkisian.