Alabama coach Nick Saban once again tries to dismiss Texas story

Anniston StarNovember 6, 2013 

Tennessee Alabama Football

Alabama head coach Nick Saban applauds following a score against Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban was more definitive when discussing the latest report linking him to the head coaching position at the University of Texas.

In response to the Associated Press' Tuesday report that stated his agent Jimmy Sexton allegedly said Texas would be the only job Saban would consider leaving the Crimson Tide for because he was facing "special pressure" coaching at Alabama, Saban said "no one said anything like that."

"I don't know where y'all get these reports. I don't know where y'all get your information, but I've already commented on all of this stuff," Saban said during his Wednesday news conference. "There's nothing new or different that's ever happened. I'm very committed to the University of Alabama. Love being here. Talked about it before. Don't need to talk about it again.

"We've got a big game with LSU this week and that's where our focus is and that's what we're focusing on. There's really nothing new to comment about."

The AP's report said Sexton allegedly told former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall that Saban was facing "special pressure" at Alabama and Texas was the only school Saban would leave Alabama for.

The AP secured the conversation through an open-records request. It detailed a January conversation that was discussed in a Sept. 24 e-mail by Hicks.

Saban has directly and indirectly addressed Texas rumors twice in the past two months. He has said he is "too damn old" to start over at a new place and has also expressed his happiness and love for Alabama.

Saban was asked about the pressure he faces after leading Alabama to a third consecutive national championship.

"The pressure that I put on myself comes from me of wanting to do a good job and wanting to do the best thing that we can to help the players be successful," he said. "When you coach you teach, and you want to be the best teacher. You try to put them in the best position so they have a chance to play their best. That's always the challenge for me.

"I don't feel any more or less pressure in the situation I'm in now than when I coached on a team that didn't win. I've been on a few of those teams because you still want to improve and you still want to do a good job and you still want to do everything you can to make your team as good as they can be and I don't think we've played our best game yet, so we still have lots of work to do and we'll continue to do that."

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley said the news hasn't been a distraction to the team and that prior to coming into the media room, he "didn't know anything about it."

"We're not really worried about anything about Texas or him going anywhere else," Mosley said. "We're worried about LSU and he's worried about LSU. It's no need to bring that up to the team."

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