Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: If Texas wants Saban, it should put on big-boy pants and do it
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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The University of Texas reportedly talked in January to the agent of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
The University of Texas reportedly talked in January to the agent of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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An Associated Press report said a couple of University of Texas officials spoke with Nick Saban’s agent about replacing Mack Brown as the Longhorns’ football coach.

What was the point of the conversation, if neither of the officials reportedly involved – regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks – had any real power to move Brown out of the job as soon as possible?

The AP reports Hicks met with Brown a couple of days later and “asked” Brown if he was ready to retire. Brown said no.

If you want a new coach, go out and get a new coach. Stop letting Brown swing in the wind. He won a national championship for Texas and got the Longhorns within one game of another. If they want Saban, open the job and give him a call.

It’s fun to imagine the phone call to Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, after that regent’s meeting with Brown.

“Hey, about that thing we discussed the other day … Mack says he won’t quit. So, anyway, I guess we won’t be needing a new coach after all. We’ll hire a new coach some day when Mack says we can.”

Tom Hicks in the same guy who owned the Texas Rangers and found a way to land Alex Rodriguez in 2001 when everybody in baseball wanted the budding superstar. You would figure he would know how to put on his big-boy pants and figure out a way to get it done, instead of talking to an agent and saying that if Texas can get the coach to agree to quit, we would love to throw a bunch of cash at your client.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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