Long before Texas actually hired Charlie Strong, and even before Mack Brown had officially stepped down as Texas' coach, there were rumors flying around that Texas really wanted to pry Nick Saban away from Alabama. How badly did Texas want him? Well, according to a new book, about $100 million worth.
Professional pot-stirrer Paul Finebaum has a new book coming out, and in it he asserts that Texas was willing to give Saban $100 million to leave Tuscaloosa and head west to Austin.
"Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban," wrote Finebaum and Gene Wojchiechowski in the book, via AL.com. "Depending on whom you talk to -- Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters -- the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances)."
What's so strange about this story is that, while I really don't want to believe any of it considering the source, I can't entirely discount it, either.
While I've given Finebaum's radio show a listen from time to time, I've never done so to get actual information, but instead to laugh at the idiocy of the whole spectacle. I mean, honestly, this whole thing sounds like something one of Finebaum's callers would come up with.
At the same time, though, with the current state of college football, and how much money is at stake, I also wouldn't be all that shocked to find out Texas really was willing to give Saban $100 million. If there's any athletic program in the country that holds that kind of financial sway, it would be Texas, and I'm sure Saban would be worth that much to Texas in the long-term.
Especially if he brought national championships with him.