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Mack Brown's seat at Texas is growing hotter by the second thanks to an embarrassing loss to BYU Saturday night. He fired assistant Manny Diaz after the Longhorns defense allowed 550 rushing yards and now speculation is already beginning on who's going to replace Brown when he is inevitably sacked.
Texas is one of the most lucrative jobs in the country. A huge school with a rich tradition and not to mention barrels full of cash buried in the desert thanks to their ESPN deal and the Longhorn Network. It's a job most coaches would take in a heartbeat... but Sports Illustrated may have jumped the gun in reporting an imminent coaching change.
Monday morning the SI WIre page took a clearly facetious tweet from ESPN's Paul Finebaum and made it into a legitimate news story.
This is the tweet Finebaum sent Saturday night:
Perhaps, it's early to pile on Mack Brown, but a reliable source tells me Nick Saban will be visiting in Texas by as early as this Friday.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 8, 2013
Monday, here's what SI had to say in an article that has already been taken down:
"The Texas Longhorns’ embarrassing defensive performance in a 40-21 loss to Brigham Young Saturday night resulted in head coach Mack Brown firing defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. But the move may be too little, too late for Brown. The Longhorns reportedly will bring college football’s biggest coaching name to Austin for a visit. Paul Finebaum of ESPN Radio tweeted Sunday that a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week."
Granted Finebaum's tweet doesn't read as sarcastic at first glance, but this is when logic is a helpful thing. Saban and Alabama are playing A&M in Texas this weekend.
You're telling me that Nick Saban, the week his #1 Crimson Tide are playing #6 Texas A&M is going to visit Texas to talk about their head coaching job? The same guy who was angry because winning a national championship took away his recruiting time is going to sacrifice game prep to interview for a job that isn't even open?
Who knew The Onion was doing work for SI.com now?
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To talk with Alabama players and coach Nick Saban on Monday, you got the feeling they barely know who Johnny Manziel even is.
They lost to him last year? Really? I'm not sure Alabama remembers. No one admitted to watching Texas A&M play Saturday while Alabama had a week off. And if they looked at video of last year's game, that was sort of a fuzzy memory.
Check out that picture of Nick Saban and a half dozen coaches and assistants on the Alabama sideline. I can only see two non-obscured people, I can't see any shoes or cleats, and I still counted 14 swooshes. That's still not enough for Nike.
The retail giant that built the entire Oregon football program and rebranded half of the country this offseason wasn't satisfied...
I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but there’s going to be a pretty big game taking place in College Station this weekend. Of course, two-time defending champion Alabama is looking to get revenge on Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, the only program to beat the Crimson Tide on the gridiron last season.
Naturally, the hype for this game has been off the charts...
So who is the coach who thinks Texas A&M is the nation’s best college football team? Well, let’s see. Nick Saban has a vote. The Aggies got one vote for number one in this week’s polls. Alabama suffered not at all despite not playing a game last week.
Paul Finebaum trolled Texas, Mack Brown and their fans about Nick Saban coming to Texas (the state). Apparently, he also trolled Sports Illustrated and they have some egg on their face.Read more →
It's the game of the week, perhaps the year.
Alabama vs. Texas A&M: Part 2.
Texas A&M spoiled Nick Saban & Co.'s perfect season last year. Will the Crimson Tide get their revenge? Or is Johnny Manziel going to take control again.
Arguments can be made for either side, but many are picking Alabama to win in College Station Saturday. After all, it's hard...
Much has been made of the trend in college football to run a fast-tick offense, the Hurry-Up-No-Huddle or Tempo Offense. Alabama Coach Nick Saban is not a proponent of the scheme, primarily because his background is defense and by denying the defense the opportunity to make substitutions, it limits defensive strategy.
On September 3rd, at 2:00 pm CT, Kenny Bell, one of Alabama’s best wide receivers, made an announcement on Twitter by tweeting several times that he was retiring his senior year. He tweeted: “…It’s been a nice run but I’m hanging up my cleats,” as well as tweeting: “Time to focus on my responsibilities MY KIDS.” He sent an encouraging tweet to all of his teammates...
The game has been both inescapable and all encompassing.
Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24
It plays on televisions in the Crimson Tide's weight room -- where Aggies logos are on each machine -- and Nick Saban, so famous for his 24-hour rule for his players to either celebrate a win or wallow in defeat, admitted in May that preparing for the Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel...
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper insists this Texas A&M game is not about revenge.
Nick Saban said it's important to keep the approach businesslike and that the football field is no place for trash talk. Quarterback AJ McCarron believes his friendship with Texas A&M counterpart Johnny Manziel is overblown.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 6 Aggies are finally getting...
Legendary Alabama head football coach Paul "Bear Bryant" would have turned 100 today. Bryant, born Sept. 11, 2013, was head coach first of Maryland (1945), then Kentucky (1946-1953), Texas A&M (1954-1957), then finally Alabama (1958-1982). His 323-85-17 career record includes six national titles, 14 SEC titles, and one Southwest Conference title.
It's at Alabama...
Alabama Coach Nick Saban announced Monday that redshirt freshman defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson had "a very successful surgery," but that Tomlinson would be lost to the Crimson Tide for a long period.
He was a combination of Bo Jackson and Tommie Frazier on this run.
The kid is named John David Taylor and he is from Alabama, meaning Nick Saban has already offered him a scholarship.
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