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 10th, 2013
9:11 am

Finebaum is an idiot of the highest level. But…..

I can’t believe his Bammer worshippers are happy about even a joke about Saban’s leaving Bama. And…..SI running with the inference, without research, is embarrassing at best.

And another observation about Finebaum….. He is definitely meant for radio, because I can’t stop laughing every time I see the cartoonish little booger on TV. Whoever thought that was a good idea must never watch him on TV…. Who could take that goofy looking imp, with the satellite ears, seriously?

Knowing Nick’s tendency to deny the inevitable, none of the Bammers can be very confident that the joke will not become reality.

Junk in da trunk

September 10th, 2013
9:00 am

Milledgeville DAWG
September 9th, 2013
9:34 pm

Saban has no ties to anyone. He is the best coach in all sports right now and will take the Texas money if he wants too.

Best coach? How can you say that when his entire roster is loaded with 4-5* players. Get real. He is the best manager of a program and a great leader and a great recruiter. These things do not make him the “Best coach”.

Bazooka Joe

September 10th, 2013
8:57 am

Deacon, I believe coach Richt is about .500 against St Nick so we dont care where he is…..

Go Jackets

September 10th, 2013
8:01 am

Play on words…it IS funny!


September 10th, 2013
7:57 am

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.

Now that is a lie, please have some proof! Kinda like your UF blowout prediction of Miami.


You already have Tony Bonehart – how many more do you want?


September 10th, 2013
7:48 am


September 10th, 2013
12:07 am

So this is what journalism has become? A hack with one media outtlet has a joke tweet and a hack with another media outlet embellishes it and runs with it. Who cares about being right as long as you are first.


You nailed it, Paul.

The author finds no humor in this incident because it exposes the sorry state of sports journalism in this nation. This is the same sort of rumor-mongering faux “reporting” that led ESPN to publish unfounded accusations against their bad boy du jour, Johnny Football. Now they have egg on their faces because their “anonymous sources” had nothing to say to the NCAA when they came to investigate the unfounded rumor.

Meanwhile, Georgia fans are irate because Finebaum preemptively stomped all over their “Nick Saban is leaving Alabama” wet dream fantasies.

Tomass' Broune is a idiot

September 10th, 2013
7:33 am

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Tomás Broun

September 10th, 2013
7:15 am

Nick stays in Tuscaloosa and will continue to administer beatdowns to the bulldwags in the Dome.


September 10th, 2013
6:49 am

You never know. Perhaps Saban’s generosity will kick in and he’ll realize that the whole world needs him. He’ll go to Texas and transform it into the land of milk and honey. After that, maybe he’ll go to William and Mary and turn them into a powerhouse, and eventually he’ll become president and then the Emperor of Japan and finally, the King of England. The world is calling, St. Nick. Are you listening?


September 10th, 2013
6:17 am

It is not tough to find the funny in the Tweet. It’s pretty darn clever.