OU football: Are more Bob Stoops vs. Nick Saban meetings in the future?

The upcoming Sugar Bowl meeting between OU and Alabama might be a precursor to more head-to-head meetings between Saban and Stoops.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 8, 2013

After the Longhorns' 30-10 loss to Baylor on Saturday, Brown didn't want to talk about his future.

“I'm not talking about that tonight,” Brown said. “I'm in the same position I was for the other 15 times I've been asked.”

One site with local ties reported recently that the Saban-to-Texas deal was done. University of Texas president Bill Powers told the Austin American-Statesman last week that there had been no discussions with Saban about the job and no decision on Brown's future had been reached.

Saban has won four national championships at two different schools. He's coached in the NFL.

In the SEC, Saban has had a long-standing rivalry with Les Miles, the coach who replaced him at LSU.

If he were to leave for Texas, the rivalry with Stoops would have a different dynamic.

The two have known each other for decades.

“I knew some of his brothers when they were in high school,” Saban said. “Not Bob, he was older, but played against them when they were at Iowa, so I've just known this family for a long, long time (and) just always had a tremendous respect.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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