In a new book about Alabama coach Nick Saban, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson admits he spoke with agent Jimmy Sexton but never made an offer to steal Saban away from the Crimson Tide.
If anything, Patterson said he did not want Texas to get used just so Saban could get a pay raise at Alabama, according to a book titled Saban: The Making of a Coach.
The American-Statesman received an advance copy of the book written by Monte Burke.
“I’ve known Jimmy for 30 years,” Patterson is quoted as saying. “I told him if he wanted to come here and drink bourbon and eat barbecue and talk about Saban, that’d be fine. But I told him not to come here if he just wanted to get Saban an extension and a raise at Alabama, which I thought was his intention all along.
“Of course, Jimmy took great affront to that, which is fine,” Patterson added. “He was just doing his job. But that was the end of the conversation. I never talked to Saban and we never made an offer.”
The search for Mack Brown’s successor began in earnest in mid-December 2013.
Sources have since told the American-Statesman that then-UT President Bill Powers did not want to hire Saban, although several major donors did. It was reported at the time that Saban was looking for a contract worth approximately $10 million annually.
Patterson ultimately landed Charlie Strong from Louisville.
How did the frenzy get so wild about Saban? Steve Hicks, a member of the UT System Board of Regents, told Burke, “I think it was the Internet and some boosters without any authority.”
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