Though Texas Longhorns head football coach Charlie Strong has verbally come out to say he has no plans to leave the program for other coaching gigs, namely the one at Miami, rumors have still swirled regarding his potential departure.
If that were to happen, according to CBS Sports college football analyst, radio host and Texas alum Brian Jones, Texas would go so far as to “break the bank” to try and land Alabama coach and four-time national championship winner Nick Saban.
Appearing on his radio show, Jones offered more on the report.
“It’s come to me that someone in his camp may or may not have reached out to Miami prior to the Oklahoma game when Charlie was really feeling it,” Jones said. “Since that ball game, he’s feeling it again, the heat. But there are a number of layers to this one. One, prior to the Oklahoma game once again, someone in his camp may have reached out to Miami to see if there’s an interest. Two, Charlie was undercut by his former athletic director. It’s well reported about Steve Patterson, the things he did. He was nickel-and-diming the program, he wasn’t paying quality assistant coaches what they deserved. So Charlie is still a little perturbed about that. Additionally, Coach Strong and his staff haven’t really endeared themselves to the Texas high school coaches and it was pretty much a slap in the face when they said a year ago we’re going to go to Florida and do the bulk of our recruiting.”
If Strong is fired or resigns? Yes, the Longhorns will make a call to Tuscaloosa.
“There will be another run at Mr. Saban,” Jones said. “They will break the bank. Whatever it takes.”
That would certainly be an interesting circumstance.
Strong has ties to the state of Florida, having been an assistant at Florida over three different stints, and the call of the Miami job could end up being too difficult to ignore.
But would Saban make the move from Tuscaloosa to Austin? He has a pretty sweet deal with the Crimson Tide, including a clause in his contract that calls for him to always be the highest paid coach in college football.
Moreover, he’s on the cusp of winning another national title at Alabama, so why would he leave for a rebuilding project in Austin at age 64?
Needless to say, Campus Sports will update this story as new information becomes available.
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