HOOVER, Ala. -- Just when the Nick Saban and Texas talk appeared dead, the rumblings started up again.
In his upcoming book "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football," SEC Network and radio personality Paul Finebaum wrote Texas was "dead serious" on pulling Saban away from Alabama. Finebaum co-wrote the book with ESPN's Gene Wojchiechowski, which comes out Aug. 5.
So much so, Longhorn boosters were willing to pay Saban a a $12-15 million signing bonus and a $100 million-plus salary package.
"Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban," Finebaum and Wojchiechowski wrote, according to a report from al.com, who obtained an advanced copy of the book. "Depending on whom you talk to -- Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters -- the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances)."
But Saban choose to re-up with Alabama. He signed a new contract through January 2022 that will pay him $6.9 million a year plus performance incentives.
Texas hired Louisville's
Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown as head coach.
Saban and Alabama players are scheduled to speak with the media Thursday afternoon. Surely he will be asked about this.
Alabama vs. USC
Alabama and Southern California have agreed to play in the 2016 season in the Cowboys Classic, according to a university news release.
The matchup is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Television coverage, kickoff time and ticket information are scheduled to be released at a later date.
The eighth annual Cowboys Classic will mark the eighth meeting between the two programs.
The two college football powers last played in the 1985 Aloha Bowl. The Crimson Tide defeated the Trojans 24-3 to take a 5-2 all-time series lead.
It will be their first regular season contest since the 1970s. The two battled in 1970, 1971, 1977 and 1978.
The two shared a national championship in 1978. That season, Alabama finished 11-1 with its only loss coming against USC. The Trojans finished 12-1 and won the Rose Bowl.
During Nick Saban's tenure, Alabama is 4-1 in neutral site regular season games with the lone loss coming to Florida State in 2007.
Alabama will open the 2014 season against West Virginia in Atlanta. In 2015, Alabama is scheduled to face Wisconsin in Arlington.
-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at email@example.com. On Twitter, @Marq_Burnett.