Sweet Home Alabama: Nick Saban will stay
Alabama football coach Nick Saban has reached “a long-term agreement” to remain with the Crimson Tide. The agreement quells speculation he would take over at Texas if Mack Brown steps down.
The Associated Press
Alabama’s Nick Saban is staying put, apparently for the duration of his coaching career.
University officials announced Friday night Saban has reached “a long-term agreement” to remain with the Crimson Tide.
“We are very pleased to have this agreement completed,” Saban, 62, said in a statement. “(Wife) Terry and our family are very happy in Tuscaloosa. It has become home to us. This agreement allows us to continue to build on the tremendous success that we have enjoyed to this point — successes that have transcended the football field. We are excited about the future, and the University of Alabama is where I plan to end my coaching career.”
Alabama didn’t release terms of the deal, which must be approved by the board of trustees.
Saban received an eight-year deal in March 2012 worth about $5.6 million annually.
The agreement quells speculation Saban would take over at Texas if Mack Brown steps down. Saban has led Alabama to three national championships in the past four seasons.
“Coach Saban is the best in the business and has led our program to the pinnacle of college football,” Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said.
Alabama (11-1) will play Oklahoma (10-2) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.
Saban has said he is too old “to go someplace else and start over.”
Meanwhile, in a short, energetic speech at his team’s annual banquet in Austin, Brown acknowledged the “distractions” his team faced over rumors and reports he would resign or be fired after 16 seasons, but ended only with a plea for his team to “beat Oregon” in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
After the banquet, Brown told ESPN, “Everybody just needs to slow down. I have a good relationship with my bosses ... and I look forward to making the best decision (about my future).”
• A lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault asked for Florida’s attorney general to independently examine the rape investigation.
Winston was not charged.
Attorney Patricia Carroll called on the attorney general to investigate the Tallahassee Police Department’s handling of the case, saying detectives failed to interview key witnesses, used unreliable and incomplete forensic tests and never tested the alleged victim’s blood for the presence of date-rape drugs.
“It appears to me to be a complete failure of an investigation of a rape case,” Carroll said.
But it is unlikely any action will be taken by the state to revisit the case. Only Florida Gov. Rick Scott can appoint a special prosecutor to review how the case was handled — and Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Scott’s office, described the previous investigation as thorough.
• Winston to media Friday: “I knew I did nothing wrong. I knew I could respect the process and I’d eventually be vindicated.”
Winston is expected to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.