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

NORMAN — Nick Saban can't get away from the talk.

Until the first week of December and the remarkable missed field-goal return by Auburn's Chris Davis, Saban had a chance to coach Alabama to a third consecutive national title.

For much of the season, around these parts at least, much of the Saban-centered talk had very little to do with the job he had.

Instead, it had to do with the job he might have in the future.

Nearly a year ago, former Texas regent Tom Hicks and current regent Wallace Hall met with Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, about the possibility of Saban taking over the Longhorns if Mack Brown stepped down.

Could the upcoming Sugar Bowl meeting between Oklahoma and Saban's Crimson Tide be a precursor to more head-to-head meetings between Saban and Sooners coach Bob Stoops?

After news of the meeting leaked out, not long after Texas suffered back-to-back losses to BYU and Ole Miss turned up the heat on Brown's seat, Saban denied any interest in the job.

Of course, Saban has done that before.

In late 2004, Saban strongly denied he was going to leave LSU to coach in the NFL. Shortly thereafter, Saban was named Miami Dolphins coach.

Shortly before he left the Dolphins for Alabama two years later, Saban said, “I'm not going to be the Alabama coach.”

Now that the regular season is over, talk has heated up that Saban could be headed for Texas.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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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