Former University of Texas regent Tom Hicks said Nick Saban’s agent reached out to the him and another regent following the 2012 season to gauge the Longhorns interest in hiring Saban.
Hicks — who is the former owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers and is currently an owner of Liverpool FC — talked about the matter on a podcast with Dallas sports radio personality Corby Davidson.
Hicks said he and the other regent talked with Jimmy Sexton, Saban’s agent, after Saban’s Alabama team had won the national championship. According to Hicks, Sexton said Saban did not believe he would be able to catch Bear Bryant’s legacy at Alabama and wanted to create his own legacy that “he’s won national championships at more schools than anyone else.”
Hicks said the discussion with Mack Brown — who was Texas’ head coach at the time — about a possible transition from Brown to Saban did not go well. Hicks said Brown “turned bright red” and said “That guy is not coming here to win a national championship with my players.”
After Brown resigned following the 2013 season, Hicks said he reached out to Sexton to gauge Saban’s then-interest in the job. But after a different Texas regent had leaked the story earlier in the year, Hicks said he never heard anything from Sexton.
Over the years, Saban has denied being interested in Texas job. In 2013, Saban told ESPN he “never considered going to Texas. That wasn’t even a conversation.”