Making more than $5 million a year, don’t you think he can afford more than one house?
We’ve been through this before: Ohio State, Notre Dame, the Cleveland Browns. Now Texas. He isn’t going to Texas, and here’s why:
He wasn’t joking when he said in September he is too old to start over. He is 61, and it’s uncertain how much longer he will coach. He could stick around for the rest of his Alabama contract, which would have him retiring at 68.
Or he could do like his college coach and mentor, Don James, did at Washington -- simply quit one day when he has had enough and not turn back. Saban could walk away from Alabama at any point with nothing left to prove.
But if he went to Texas (or some other school), his competitive spirit would make him feel obligated to remain on the job until he had it on top of college football. At Alabama, that took three years. At Texas, it could take that long. Or less. Or more.
Either way, he would take the job knowing he would be committing himself to coaching for three, four or five more years.
At this point in his career and life, he probably likes the idea that he can stay for another year. Or four years. Or seven years. He can leave when he wants without the feeling he has left a job undone.
He has his program built. His challenge is keeping his program on top, rather than trying to get there, which is what it would be at Texas (or some other team).
Besides, if he really did want to leave Alabama, it likely wouldn’t be for another college job. He has conquered college. More than once. If he left, it would be for the NFL. He didn’t win a championship there, and he probably would have if he had stayed.
No, we’re not talking about staying with the Miami Dolphins instead of heading to Alabama in 2007. In 1995, he left the Cleveland Browns after four years as defensive coordinator to take over at Michigan State. What if he had stayed in the NFL then? He’s an extremely intelligent football mind and a tireless worker and has a certain ruthless quality that winning NFL coaches have.
If he had stayed, he would’ve gotten a pro head coaching job earlier than the Dolphins and eventually would’ve won a Super Bowl. And he knows it. Could Texas fix that hole in his resume? Of course not.
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