AUSTIN, Texas — A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban’s agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.
Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former regent who is the brother of current Regent Steve Hicks, also was on the call.
Tom Hicks, the former owner of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and the English professional soccer club Liverpool, was a regent in 1997 when Brown came to Texas and was instrumental in hiring him away from North Carolina.
Two days after the call with Sexton, Tom Hicks met with Brown over lunch and told him about the call, according to several people who spoke with the AP. He asked Brown if he was ready to retire.
Brown, who had just finished his 15th season at Texas, said he wanted to keep coaching and the matter was dropped.
On his weekly radio show Thursday night, Saban said he didn’t know anything about the meeting and said he’s too old to start over someplace else. He also joked about Sexton talking to another school.
“That’s what they’re supposed to do. That’s why I hired the guy. That’s why I pay him,” Saban said.
“Nothing went on that I know of. I mean, I don’t know about any of this stuff. I haven’t talked to anybody about that particular situation. They have a coach there that I’ve got a lot of respect for. Every year it’s something. Last year, it was the Cleveland Browns. The year before it was something else, going back to the NFL,” Saban said. “But (wife) Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We really love the University of Alabama.”