The meltdown in Austin is literally on the verge of happening and you may want to get some popcorn and a lawn chair to watch because it could get real interesting. The Texas board of regents are rumored to vote Mack Brown out by the end of this week, despite the fact that Brown is currently out on the recruiting trail. This is where things could get incredibly interesting as its not a sure thing that Brown will go quietly, as the coach seems to feel as if he's earned the right to say as long as he wants.
The Longhorns have their sights set on Nick Saban as Brown's successor and money (as if Saban needs more of it) is no object. Unless you're a Miami Dolphins fan (ah, hem, hand raised) you are most likely a firm believer that Saban is some sort of coaching deity. He's exactly the type of guy that the Longhorns want to take over at the helm but is Texas actually willing to sell their souls to get him? Here are a few things to consider before making such a move.
What if Texas is getting played? Saban has had a contract extension on his desk since last Friday and there's no better bargaining chip than being coveted by another school. Saban's record in Tuscaloosa stands on its own but if he wants to gain leverage to negotiate any further terms of his contract then flirting with Texas is definitely the way to go. Does Texas really want to be a bargaining chip in getting Saban an even sweeter deal at Bama?
Consider the pressure. We're talking record breaking money here. There's no way to live up to the hype of that type of deal and certainly no way fans would settle for anything less than multiple national championships. That's a ton of pressure, even for a guy like Nick Saban.
What are the Longhorns going to do five years from now? Let's face it, Nick Saban doesn't have the track record for hanging around very long. He was the head coach at Michigan State from 1995-1999, LSU from 2000-2004, Miami Dolphins from 2005-2006 and he's been at Alabama since 2007. Saban is already 62 years old and time is ticking. As good as he's been, he's also left a void just a few years later once he's decided the grass is greener elsewhere. Talk about taking the money and running, Texas could provide the ultimate temptation for Saban.
What's Plan B? When you swing for the upper decks its disappointing to end up with a triple. Saban is the home run of coaching hires but when he doesn't land in Austin what becomes of the guy who actually is hired? "Meh, he's alright but he's no Nick Saban," are the words that'll echo through the halls of the campus, City of Austin, and state of Texas. The first time he loses to Oklahoma it'll be, "Saban wouldn't have lost that game," or heaven forbid he drops off a respectable 9-3 or 8-4 in his first season because you know it wouldn't be as good as what Saban would have done.
You have to consider all angles when making a deal with the devil...or a devilish deal. Saban can coach and there's no doubt about that, but the deal itself could end up being a detriment to the Texas football program as far as the long term is concerned. However, champions never back away from competition and if the best coach in the country just happens to land on the doorstep of Oklahoma's arch rival then I say, "bring it on!"
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