For several of us, the Nick Saban-to-Texas story never really gained traction.
Why? I think because it never really made sense. Saban doesn’t lack anything in Tuscaloosa. There’s not a sense that he’s missing out on something. Short of a Lombardi trophy, he can accomplish everything he wants to right where he is.
But this point of view never made sense to others, media included.
Why? I think for several reasons:
* Many want to see the ‘Bama dynasty toppled and the easiest way for that to happen is for Nick Saban to go somewhere else.
* Many – or at least more than should – have the idea that Saban is disingenuous. He’s not really happy. He’s a rolling stone. He did it to us, he’ll do it to you. He “lied” in Miami. Whatever. Some just want to think that Saban isn’t telling the truth so, therefore, he must be headed to Texas.
* The media loves a good story. They don’t necessarily love facts, but they do love a story. And the above two items – couple with running Mack Brown out of Austin, were the perfect mix to fill part of the lull before bowl season.
Because of all of the above, it really didn’t make sense for Saban to comment earlier than he did. But when he did, he cleared the decks:
“The way this sort of got spun, it was a little bit more like, ‘OK, he got a new contract at Alabama, so he’s going to stay at Alabama instead of going to Texas,'” Saban told ESPN.com on Saturday. “I never considered going to Texas. That wasn’t even a conversation.”
The same folks probably won’t believe this, but who cares?