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Alabama source: No leverage plays from Saban's camp

Alabama has taken a clear-cut approach to Nick Saban's contract in past years: Let the market play out, then do what needs to be done for the country's highest-paid coach at close to $5.5 million per year.

The smoke surrounding emails exchanged from Texas regents based on conversations with Saban's agent Jimmy Sexton probably won't change that stance, a high-ranking Alabama source said. Alabama's higher-ups haven't felt leveraged by Sexton despite the outside interest Saban has garnered in recent years, according to the source, who qualifies past talks with Sexton as productive and civil. The Texas job was not part of past discussions, according to the source.

The Associated Press reported last week Saban's agent told Texas regent Tom Hicks and current regent Wallace Hall that Texas is the only job Saban would consider leaving Alabma for. Sexton also tells the Texas parties, according to an email obtained by AP, that Saban is under “special pressure” at Alabama.

That pressure has Saban eyeing a third straight BCS title as Alabama's coach.

Saban has publicly stressed his commitment to Alabama and says he's too old to start somewhere else. Saban is 62.

Sexton has declined comment.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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