With latest Mack Brown news, let the Saban to Texas rumors begin
DEC 10, 2013 11:15p ET
FOX Sports 1 Analyst Jen Engel and FOX Sports 1 Insider Greg Couch confirmed Tuesday evening that Texas coach Longhorns-coach-Mack-Brown-set-to-step-down-121013" target="_blank">Mack Brown will step down by the week's end after Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com first reported the news.
Which means one thing: let the Nick Saban to Texas rumors begin.
After a day of Saban rumblings, TCU beat reporter Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram pushed the narrative to yet another level by tweeting this:
Source close to Texas executive council of regents says Nick Saban will be next Longhorns coach.— Stefan Stevenson (@FollowtheFrogs) December 11, 2013
Or is Saban just using the rumor as leverage in negotiating a new contract with Alabama?
Earlier in the day, FOX Sports Southwest reported that a mischief-maker had paged Saban at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Tweets from multiple sources corroborated the incident.
Hilarious. Someone (honestly not me) just had the Austin airport page "Nick Saban" to meet his driver out front.— Donny Ferguson (@DonnyFerguson) December 10, 2013
Brown has been on the hot seat throughout the 2013 season. A poor start caused the departure of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, as the Longhorns went 1-3 out of the gate.
Since that point, Brown was able to right the ship and lead Texas to seven wins over the course of the team's next nine games. But on Tuesday the subject of his job status reached its tipping point.
Speculation linking Saban to the Texas coaching job is nothing new. Reports stating Saban's wife, Terry, had been allegedly house hunting in Austin stirred up commotion, although Mrs. Saban called the accounts "rumors with absolutely no foundation," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Earlier in the season, some Longhorn fans sported "Saban 2014" t-shirts while tailgating before a Texas game with Kansas State, following an AP report that the Alabama coach's agent had met with UT regents over the previous winter and stated Texas is the only job that could cause Saban to leave Alabama.