Nick Saban's wife says he's not leaving Alabama, laments fans' lack of 'appreciation'

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Nick Saban's wife, Terry, said the couple has no plans to leave Alabama. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Nick Saban has won 3 national championships at Alabama. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

The wife of Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in an interview published Monday that he's not going anywhere, dispelling rumors that popped up of his potential interest in coaching at Texas.

"We're staying," Terry Saban told The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Terlep in an interview last week. "We're not going anywhere."

But she also lamented what she sees as a lack of appreciation for the job Saban has done as head coach. Right now, the No. 1 Crimson Tide is rolling toward a potential third consecutive national championship appearance as it prepares to take on rival No. 4 Auburn this weekend.

"You come to a crossroads and the expectations get so great, people get spoiled by success and there gets to be a lack of appreciation," Terry Saban told the Journal. "We're kind of there now."

Earlier in November, Nick Saban's agent reportedly told former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall that the only job for which he'd leave Alabama was at Texas. Saban doused those rumors soon after, reaffirming his commitment to Alabama. Terry Saban called the reports "rumors with absolutely no foundation."

The report in The Wall Street Journal paints Terry as a key part of the "tandem" involved in deciding Nick Saban's coaching moves and contracts. One such moment came when he left Michigan State for LSU.

From the report:

After reports surfaced that Saban was talking with LSU, a team of Michigan State administrators led by Joel Ferguson, a trustee, went to Saban's house one Saturday night. Saban denied being in talks with LSU—he said the school had simply reached out to him. But something struck the administrators as odd: Terry wasn't home.

"Joel said, 'Nick where's Terry?'" said Underwood, who was in the group. "He said she was at the store. But then he asked again: "Nick, is Terry in Baton Rouge?' And he said, 'Yes, she's there now.'" The next morning, Saban left for LSU.

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