Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn Tigers won 34-28. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Report: USC Contacted Nick Saban Before Hiring Steve Sarkisian


A report in the LA Times notes that Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was among those contacted by the USC Trojans to fill their vacant head coaching position.

After firing head coach Lane Kiffin, Southern Cal officials went through their progression of potential candidates, contacting those candidates’ agents to feel out the coaches. As one of the top coaches in the country, Saban was obviously considered, but the brief mention in the report suggests that there was never any serious consideration by Saban.

Much has been made in recent weeks of speculation that Texas Longhorns officials have made advances toward Jimmy Sexton, Saban’s agent. This latest news should come as no shock to Tide fans.

Nick Saban is the premier coach in the country, and would be a top consideration for any program in the country. Reaching out to Saban through his agent is a normal part of the process, as due diligence is done by officials for any university looking to make a change in head football coaches.

Saban’s wife, Terry, recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the Texas rumors, and did her best to put them to rest, calling them “rumors with absolutely no foundation.”

“We’re staying,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

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  • DJ Riddle

    Good to know he rebuffed USC considering their program is superior to UT-Austin’s (sorry Texas fans, but it’s true)…

    • Orly MacGregor

      Yeah, what a great program USC has. Letting star players lose their amateur status by accepting gifts, even forcing cheater Reggie Bush to give up his Heisman. Being forced to vacate two wins in it’s 2004 championship season, banned from bowl games in 2010 & 2011, docked 30 scholarships over three years. There’s a culture of flaunting NCAA regulations at USC: who would want to step into that mess?

      • DJ Riddle

        I’m not a USC fan, so there’s no reason for me to defend their misdeeds. As a football fan, I see that USC has more National Titles, more bowl victories, more All Americans…and more Heisman winners (even if you take away Bush and OJ) than Texas. UT is a Top 10 program, but I’d have to rocks-paper-scissors to tell you which program between them, Nebraska, and Oklahoma is best. On the other hand, there’s really no doubt that USC is the biggest brand in college football west of Austin. I don’t see them going away because of sanctions and a bad coaching hire.

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