HOOVER -- Alabama coach Nick Saban said this morning that he never was offered the Texas job this past fall.
In an upcoming book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” SEC Network and radio personality Paul Finebaum wrote Texas was “dead serious” on pulling the Alabama coach away from Alabama. Finebaum co-wrote the book with ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski, and it is scheduled to be released Aug. 5.
According to the book, last fall, Longhorn boosters were willing to pay Saban a $12-15 million signing bonus and a salary package of more than $100 million.
"I didn’t have any conversations with them. Nobody offered me anything."
According to AL.com, which obtained an advanced copy of the book, Finebaum and Wojchiechowski wrote, "Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban. 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).”
Saban choose to re-up with Alabama. He signed a new contract that runs through January 2022 that will pay him $6.9 million a year plus performance incentives.
Texas hired Louisville’s Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown as head coach.
Also from Saban’s Media Days appearance Thursday:
---Said that running back Kenyan Drake and defensive lineman and junior college transfer Jarran Reed “are suspended, but they’re not kicked off the team” for recent brushes with the law.
---Saban said new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has brought “new energy, new enthusiasm, new ideas to do some things offensively that would enhance our chances of being successful.”
---Saban said new players in the program are arriving less and less mature and more at a maturity disparity with older players who have seen the process works.
---About the new four-team playoff, Saban said he hopes the committee will keep notes from the Bowl Championship Series years. He said the BCS usually got the right two teams in the title game, with controversy coming when more than two were deserving. The playoff will have criticism when more than four are deserving.
---Saban said 5-7 teams with strong schedules should go to a bowl over a six-win team that manipulated its schedule for bowl eligibility.
Sports Writer Marq Burnett: On Twitter @Marq_Burnett.