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This probably won't interest most on this board but since there has been SOOOO much speculation about where Saban will end up once he is done with Alabama, I thought I would at least give the perspective of a high insider at Alabama. Please remember that boarding house rules apply.
In short, Saban isn't going anywhere. What I was told that if Texas pursues Saban, they can back up all the money trucks they want, he isn't moving. Here's why. First, he already makes 6 million per year and that is what we know. There have been a lot of things promised to Saban if he stays. For example, Alabama just spent 5 million dollars upgrading their facilities last year. They are sick (a combination between what you saw with Oregon and an NFL team). That was a promise kept and delivered. Saban has quite a few promises that he will exercise by staying at Alabama. Money is of no concern to him. He will be always taken care of at Alabama. As I have said repeatedly, Alabama has deep pockets and the difference between Alabama and Texas is not that great in terms of money.
Second, he wants to go down as the greatest CFB coach of all time. My friend shared with me that those FEW that are fortunate enough to get into Saban's house and down to his basement will see that he has every college football coaching record displayed on his basement walls. He wants to own every record. Including, going down as the greatest coach in Alabama history. He feels his best chance to do that is at Alabama, period.
Finally, he has a well oiled machine working at Alabama right now with no end in sight. To pick up and move to another team would put him behind on this goals by 1-3 years depending on the shape of that program. So those that think that when Texas gives Brown the boot will be the opening for Saban, you are more than likely wrong, regardless of how much money is thrown his way.
He also shared with me that the SEC still isn't actively considering realignment AT ALL. It isn't in their plans unless, there is, and this was his word, "substantial or significant" movement from other conferences. The SEC feels no need to add teams because the B1G might be. If the B12 or ACC implodes, then that could change things but he said any reports that the SEC is considering adding a team or two are completely false at this time.
Last but certainly not least. My friend is a huge Alabama fan as you can imagine. He said the talks within the ranks this year at Alabama are this. They are not concerned with the SEC this year. They actually think the entire conference is down this year. Alabama expects to win the SEC again and secure their spot in the NC game. Here's is where it got funny to me. He told me that the one team that the vast majority of Alabama fans are concerned about this year, is Ohio State. Not that they think they will lose to them, but when they look at all the teams they could play for the NC, that is the one they have the most doubts about right now. He said that Urban and The Ohio State are the buzz around Bama right now heading into the season.
Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful rivalry.
That's all I have for now.
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