Saban to interview at Texas? Not so quick

Nick Saban isn’t going to replace Texas coach Mack Brown.

At least not right now.

But a Sports Illustrated blogger assumed Saban would be interviewing to replace the embattled Brown as early as this week, thanks to a Twitter joke by the all-powerful Paul Finebaum.

Here’s what Finebaum tweeted Saturday.

SI put together a blog and posted it this morning. It has since been removed, but here’s a portion of it:

“Paul Finebaum of ESPN Radio tweeted Sunday that a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week.”

One of the problems is that Finebaum didn’t say anywhere in his tweet that Saban will be meeting with Texas officials. It said only that Saban will be in Texas “as early as this Friday,” which, of course, is when Alabama will fly to that state for its game at Texas A&M on Saturday.

It’s tough to find the funny in Finebaum’s tweet, and to joke about breaking news like that is poor judgment. But SI has enough writers and resources to double check and find alternative sources to breaking news and whether they merit stories.

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62 comments Add your comment


September 9th, 2013
6:27 pm

And it is also funny to think about the Bammers that soiled their little pink panties when they read that headline…………..


September 9th, 2013
6:21 pm

That was just funny, I don’t care who you are. And it would be even funnier if it came true. And yes, that ego could cause something like that to happen, don’t fool yourself.

old school

September 9th, 2013
5:46 pm

I predicted even before Saban started his run at Bama, that Texas is the only other school that Saban has a big enough ego to tackle. He has nothing else to prove at Bama, and Texas can match Bama dollar for dollar easy.


September 9th, 2013
5:44 pm

Finebaum can joke all he wants to, but look for Saban to take a serious look at USCw when that job comes open.

I’m willing to bet that being the highest paid HC in a place like Tuscalooser is not as nearly as desirable to your wife when you can get the same money in LA, and actually have nice places to spend your money at other than Wal-Mart.

Saban left LSU for Miami for the same reasons, this time he’ll leave Alabama for SoCal.

In fact the USCw & Texas jobs coming open at the same time will send shockwaves throughout all of CFB and cause some serious musical chairs among HCs.


September 9th, 2013
5:31 pm

What an idiotic story…that would be like Hef moving out of the Mansion…go dogs

Tampa Gator

September 9th, 2013
5:29 pm

Finebaum is paid by the section of the Alabama PR and marketing department that promotes everything Bammer…..and now he is doing it on ESPN…and getting paid by them as well. Again, all teams in the SEC should demand equal time on ESPN to promote their programs.


September 9th, 2013
5:15 pm


So you’re comparing the entire state of Texas to Tuscaloosa? Wow, dynamite argument, but between all of the illegals, desert, and drug wars on your borders I’d say you’re wrong. Here is a little more information that I’m sure you already knew, but just forgot to post when you claimed Texas requires so much of their athletes…

Alabama 75 percent
Texas 58 percent

Yeah, a lot of CEO’s and biomedical engineers in that bunch with a whopping 58% graduation rate. Glad Texas holds their athletes to a higher standard, tool.


September 9th, 2013
5:01 pm

Funny as hell to see a so-called reporter follow the tweet without any due diligence. If some reporters weren’t so lazy they would not have looked like the fool


September 9th, 2013
4:20 pm

Saban is going nowhere! The machine will continue to manufacture championships. We all just have to deal with it.

Class of '98

September 9th, 2013
4:08 pm

I think it’s the wittiest thing I’ve ever heard from Pawwwwwwwwl.