From: Deepest Dixie
Spurrier is mighty - as a long suffering Gamecock fan life is finally good. He's a master of playfully tweaking the press and his opponents in a way that doesn't quite go low enough to be considered trash talk and IMHO helps his team play loose. He is probably the best active non-cyborg coach in the college ranks. Saban leads in the cyborg category. Miles proves that escapees of insane asylums are underrated as well.
PS - I reveled in a recent rumor that Saban may come to my #1 team, the Longhorns, if Mack Brown again manages to do Mack Brown things (get blown out by the Sooners, lose at least one game we should win, etc). It's probably not true, but it gives us hope in the land of Bevo.
Ahhhh, the Olde Saban to Texas Ballad. Lets examine this:
First of all, coaches' agents have long used rumors and the interest of other schools to enhance their clients' paychecks, but that aside, why do coaches usually change jobs?
1) Political issues with their administration (Tuberville) - No way. If Bama tried to fire Saban, every tree on campus would be poisoned.
2) Move to a more competitive conference (Bielema) - There is no more competitive conference than the SEC, specifically the SEC West.
3) Money - Every Bama fan in the state would take out a third mortgage on their mobile home to help pay for Saban's salary. Alabama will match any offer.
4) Recruiting advantages - possibly. UT owns Texas recruiting, although TAM is moving up quickly since joining the SEC. Even though Bama pretty much gets whoever they want, they still have to work awfully hard at it in the Southeast.
5) University prestige - yes UT is a prestigious job, but so is Alabama.
6) Championship potential - If you don't watch out, Saban just MIGHT win a championship while at Alabama, however as a coach at UT he could pretty much count on going to the NC game every year. Competition in the Big X (X as in the variable, not the Roman numeral) simply isn't what it is in the SEC.
7) Tired of the stiff competition in the SEC (Urban Meyer) - Somehow I can't see Saban thinking that way.
IMO, Saban will stay at Alabama until he retires / dies.
Now Les Miles? You never know what the Hatter will do next.
"Never take counsel of your fears."