On Wednesday night, The Football Brainiacs reported that the “Nick Saban to Texas” rumors are a done deal. Immediately after the story caught fire on Thursday, Yahoo.com reported that Texas President Bill Powers has never talked to or met Nick Saban.
Here is Bill Powers' statement via The Austin American Statesman. "I've never met Nick Saban. I've never talked to Nick Saban. We have not hired Nick Saban," Powers told the American-Statesman on Thursday afternoon. "Mack's our coach, and I can say flatly that the rumors we have hired or come to an agreement with Nick Saban or even talked to him are false."
While, Powers adamantly refutes any notion that he spoke with Nick Saban, he never denies talking with Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton.
It’s never wise to openly campaign for another job when you have one, so if anybody thinks Nick Saban would admit to any dealings while he’s at Alabama is sadly mistaken. It also wouldn’t be right for this to come out before Texas’ last game on Saturday. The Longhorns still have a shot at the Big 12 title with a win and some help.
Bill Powers also told the Statesman that it’s up to Mack Brown "to decide if he wants to stay through next year."
It’s still conceivable to think that this weekend’s games play a huge factor for the future of both programs. Coaches have been known to leave programs right after the regular season ends. It’s even true when their former team is scheduled for a BCS bowl game. However, no coach would ever leave with the possibility of a national championship on the line.