Originally posted by KRS-1:
The Alabama job is NOT better than the Texas job. Saban has brought prestige back to Bama and that job but don't kid yourself, Texas is the best job in all of college football and Texas is the wealthiest athletic program in the country.
As far as finances go...a lot of chatter going around about Saban being in debt (like 25 million) from bad business deals with Bama boosters that UT boosters will make go away.
Texas AD revenue: 155mil
Alabama AD revenue:130mil
The gap isn't that large. Alabama is not poor, guys. They spent 40mil to expand the stadium in 2006. Another 80mil in 2010. It has the 5th largest capacity in the country. The training facilities are the very best in the country. I'm sure they would have no problem matching anything Texas puts out there. They would have no problem acquiring additional investment if needed.
Yet again I really don't think money is the deciding factor which is why I find it funny that the "chatter" is that Saban has all this bad Bama debt that Texas booster will make disappear. Furthermore, I find it funny that Saban is basically already in orange while Mack Brown is out recruiting. From what I heard the Texas board of trustees are having an internal power struggle all revolving around what Mack Browns capacity will be after his resignation. Saban isn't going to step into that kind of environment unless he has complete fidelity in the board, and right now he does not have anything close to that.
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
your love for the SEC is strong.
Texas is a better job without a doubt
Yes, it is. But I have tried to look at this objectively. Finances can't be an issue. Alabama only has 5% income tax, and I'm sure you can wipe that out through charity. Is he getting better facilities to train his players? They have a zero gravity running machine made by NASA
. They're aggressively extending his assistants contracts. Texas is not going to be another tier up, because Bama is right their with them. On top of all that the recruiting process is rolling, and there's no other word for it. I'm serious these past 2 recruiting classes are the kind that college coaches dream of because they win championships.
Could Texas provide the resources to replicate this environment? Sure, but it would be on the back of Saban. Saban is 62, and I really doubt he wants to spend his twilight years rebuilding Texas football. Not to mention he has to re-evaluate all his coaching method when he moves to the Big12. Completely different offenses. So step into unknown waters at Texas or stay in Alabama where you're getting the financial backing and recruiting classes to close out your career with at least
2 more national titles over the next 5 years? And this is the line for me. I would choose Bama because there's not another school that is set up inside to out like they are. Saban doesn't want to spend another 5-10 years learning another conference, rebuilding a program, and possibly winning a championship. He's 62, and he needs to win now while he the time is right. When it's all said and done Alabama will give him any job within that organization he wants.
I just feel like he started this thing. I realize that doesn't mean he has to finish it. And maybe he wants to start another thing at Texas. That would be pretty incredible but it's a matter of debate as to whether it would be more incredible then what he could do at Bama. Let's say he wins 2 more championships over the next 3 years which I fully believe he could do. He's at 5 championships in 10 years. It would be the greatest dynasty ever in college football and maybe all sports. He would retire just as exalted as Bear Bryant was. It would take half the effort as well because he would still have to establish an infrastructure at Texas, and that will take at least 2 years. Maybe that's what Saban wants though. To set himself apart from Alabama football. Maybe Texas is the best job in college football, but if I'm Saban all things considered that doesn't mean much.
Really I feel the only answer to this question is something we wont know until it's done. We're not going to know why Saban would go to Texas until he actually went, and told us. There would have to be some internal motivations that we don't know about it. I'm not saying those are not there, but I only know what I can see, and I see Bama being in a much better position to win now