As noted before, Saban is a wonderful liar and the time may be just about right for Saban to actually leave Tuscaloosa.This is his seventh season at Alabama, the longest stop of his career.
While no one rejects a multi-million dollar raise, which is what Saban would surely sign, this could be more about wanting out of Alabama than it does wanting more cash, or Texas. He may way Austin more than he wants Texas.
He would not be the first Alabama coach to "want out".
In 2002, Dennis Franchione had just completed his second season as the head coach at Alabama when he suddenly split for Texas A&M and College Station. Despite telling the world he would never leave and he was committed to guiding Alabama through difficult NCAA sanctions, he left.
One of the primary reasons he left was that both he and his wife found just living and operating in Tuscaloosa to be cumbersome, and bothersome. They felt trapped by the celebrity of being the Alabama head football coach, and its spouse.
Being the head coach of a major college program in a college town can be both wonderful - you run the place and enjoy many special privileges - but it can also be exhausting. Going out to the grocery store, or trying to eat dinner at a restaurant, can be an adventure. That's when you win. If you lose, forget it. Live in the basement.
The University of Texas is a massive school, but Austin is no longer just a college town. It has morphed into one of the nation's most attractive cities with plenty of A-list types who either live in, or frequent, the city enough that the Saban's may have more room to breathe.
God knows he doesn't need the money. At 62, Nick Saban may just be looking for a different city to retire.
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