Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he doesn’t like the idea of authors writing unauthorized biographies, even if they are not about him.
Saban went on an unprompted rant during a press conference on Thursday, telling the media that he would not let a biography called Saban: The Making of a Coach, written by Monte Burke, be a distraction to the team.
"Now I'm going to make a statement about something because I thought surely you would ask," Saban said. "So this will be the last time this ever gets talked about. So no one ever needs to ask me because I'm going to tell you to pull it up on your little computer or Facebook or Twitter or whatever you do.”
Burke’s book, which was excerpted by the New York Times, chronicles Saban leaving the Miami Dolphins in 2006, after he repeatedly denied that he would become the Alabama head coach. The book also details Saban’s reported interest in the Texas job.
At a booster club event last week, Saban said that he was never interested in the Longhorns job and that his agent was the one who was contacted by the school.
“So [Jimmy Sexton] called me about 15 times about Texas, and every time he called I said I'm not interested in talking to them, and I never will be. That's the story. He did his job, I did my job," Saban said.
Saban signed a contract extension in December 2013 that will pay him nearly $7 million a season through the 2022 season.
“One of these days when I'm finished coaching at Alabama, I'll write an authorized book," Saban said. "Because there's really only one expert on my life, and guess who that is? Me. And there won't be any misinformation, there won't be any false statements, there won't be any hearsay, there won't be any expert analysis from somebody else. It will be the real deal.”
Saban questioned the timing of the book because Alabama just opened fall camp, and says the subject of a book is “never going to get discussed again."
Saban has a 91-17 record in eight seasons at Alabama, winning three national championships.
The Crimson Tide, ranked third in the preseason Amway coaches poll, open the season against Wisconsin Sept. 5 in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.