LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron says he doesn't believe coach Nick Saban will leave for Texas.
McCarron made his comments in advance of Thursday's College Football Awards Show. Saban is reportedly a target of Texas officials to be the school's next coach if Mack Brown is fired or steps down.
But the quarterback also added that he can't speak for his coach.
"To me, he's not leaving. That's my personal opinion," McCarron said Wednesday. "I can't speak on Coach Saban. I stay out of his business. But if I had a pick, I'd say he's not leaving."
McCarron is up for the Maxwell Award as the nation's best overall player and the Davey O'Brien quarterback award Thursday. He also is one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday.
Should Heisman favorite and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston claim the award, it would be the second consecutive year that the award goes to a freshman. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won last year and is a finalist again.
"I'm happy for those guys," said McCarron, a fifth-year senior who just missed a shot at leading Alabama to a third consecutive national championship. "Johnny's one of my good friends. Jameis, I'd be happy for him, too. I don't have any hatred against anybody, or against the Heisman committee or whoever votes on it. They're going to vote how they're going to vote.