GomerPyle wrote:MarkM wrote:GomerPyle wrote:OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and his wife have feverishly denied that he would be leaving Alabama for any other head coaching job, but money speaks and reports linking Saban to the Texas Longhorns are gaining more and more steam.
Saban could make a boatload of money with the Longhorns, who are the richest program in the nation, and the reported 10-year, $100 million offer and equity in the Lonhorn Network could be an offer too great to pass up.
This is a lot of money if it's true
It is a lot of money, but the flaw in using that particular aspect to "prove" he's going, is
A) Alabama won't be "outbid" on him. There's enough money to match any offer he could conceivably get.
B) IF he did leave (again, I just don't see it happening), it wouldn't be about the money anyway...it would be about the "challenge" of rebuilding a program from the bottom up...and he's already clearly stated he's not interested in doing that. in his own words "I'm too old for that".
If I had to wager a bet on his future, career-wise, I'd say Nick Saban will coach 2-3 more years at Alabama, then retire.
That one is false. The football program at UT pays for the entire athletic program of the school. I believe I saw figures that the football program profits $75 Million dollars a year. That is the highest amount of ANY college football team, higher than the other top 4 combined.
[b][b]Actually it is NOT false....While Texas does turn the biggest profit, AL also turns a massive profit, and just like TX, it's enough to fund the rest of the Athletic Department, as a whole. Secondly, Bill Battle (AD at 'Bama) as well as the Univ president have both been quoted as having said "Nick Saban is the single greatest business investment the University has ever made". Whatever ANY other school (or pro team) offered Saban, rest assured UA would match/exceed it.
By the way, the reason TX is at the top of the Profit Margin list is due largely to the Longhorn Network. the problem is that is a HUGE commitment on the coach's part and one that Saban would not deal with well at all (see his typical attitude toward media in general for evidence).
By my math, Texas profits about $78 million. Alabama profits around $45 million. So how would they be able to match it? The pay for the coach has to come from the budget allotted to the athletic program, which is the money they profit basically.