UPDATE: Saban denies he had $100 million offer to coach Texas
JUL 16, 2014 7:10p ET
UPDATE: Nick Saban denied a report that Texas and its regents were willing to offer him a compensation package exceeding $100 million.
Saban was asked about that Thursday at SEC Media Days in Hoover and denied the rumor.
"I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn't offered anything," Saban said.
"And if I had no conversations with [Texas] then I didn't have any interest . . . [We're] happy at Alabama."
At the end of last season, rumors swirled about Alabama coach Nick Saban possibly moving to Austin to coach Texas.
Now comes a juicy little rumor that Saban will surely be asked about when he appears at SEC Media Days on Thursday in Hoover, Alabama.
According to a new book written by SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, and co-written by ESPN's Gene Wojchiechowski, Texas boosters were willing to offer Saban a compensation package exceeding $100 million.
Al.com received an advance copy of the book, which includes this passage:
"Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban. 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)."
Texas wound up hiring Charlie Strong from Louisville, and what wealthy, loose-lipped boosters say they're willing to do does not in any way mean the university was willing to stand behind those terms in an official contract offer.
Nonetheless, there's a ton of money in Texas and a powerful football machine that's looking to be rejuvenated. Anything, supposedly, is possible.
(h/t Big Lead)