A passage in "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football" indicates the Longhorns were determined to land Saban, with boosters prepared to pony up between $12-15 million for a signing bonus and a salary package worth more than $100 million. AL.com reported the information based on an advanced copy of the book.
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” write Finebaum and co-author ESPN.com's Gene Wojchiechowski.
Rampant speculation that Saban would consider coaching Texas was quashed when he agreed to a contract extension with the Tide. The extension, which will pay Saban $6.9 million annually and runs through 2022, was approved by Alabama's board of trustees in June.
- Chris Johnson