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Nick Saban's agent says Texas only job in play AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The agent for coach Nick Saban told Texas officials in January that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for, and his success with the Crimson Tide had put him under "special pressure," The Associated Press has learned.
The agent, Jimmy Sexton, made the comments during a 45-minute call with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall. Hicks detailed the call in a Sept. 24 e-mail that was obtained Tuesday by the AP through an open-records request.
"Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him," Hicks wrote.
The pressure was not further explained in the e-mail and Sexton declined comment Tuesday. Saban was not available after practice.
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Two days after the call, Hicks approached Texas coach Mack Brown about the possibility of retiring. Brown, who is under contract until 2020, said he wanted to stay.
Hicks sent the e-mail to his brother and current Regent Steve Hicks five days after the AP first reported that the call took place.
Saban has said he didn't know anything about the meeting and he's too old to start over someplace else. The Tide have won the last two national titles and his team is ranked No. 1.
Brown, who will be paid $5.4 million this year, won the 2005 national title and lost to Saban's Alabama team in the 2010 championship game. The Longhorns are 28-18 since that defeat.
Brown has said he plans to coach through his contract. But three sub-par seasons and two consecutive losses to start this one raised intense speculation about his future.
Some of that pressure has eased after a five-game winning streak that has Texas in first place in the Big 12, but Saban is often mentioned as a potential replacement.
PHOTOS: Nick Saban's career


Nick Saban's career in photos

Nick Saban won the job of head coach at Michigan State in 1995, following an array of assistant coaching jobs and a head coach position at Toledo. Chris Putman, AP















1381180742017-AP-MICHIGAN-ST-OHIO-ST.jpg Nick Saban won the job of head coach at Michigan State in 1995, following an array of assistant coaching jobs and a head coach position at Toledo. Chris Putman, AP




1381180742010-AP-MICHIGAN-ST-PREVIEW.jpg Saban stayed at MSU until 1999, finishing his final season with the Spartans 9-2. Dale Adkins, AP




1381180742016-AP-PEACH-BOWL.jpg In Saban's first season at LSU, the Tigers went 8-4 and won the Peach Bowl (now known as the Chil-fil-A Bowl). John Bazemore, AP




1381180742015-AP-C03-SABAN-FOCUS-29.jpg The Tigers won both the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl in 2001. Dave Martin, AP




1381180742014-XXX-saban-trophy-rd2842.JPG Saban's first BCS Championship win came when LSU topped Oklahoma in the 2003 season. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports




1381180742012-IB01-Nick-Saban-14.jpg Prior to the 2005 season, Saban left LSU and agreed to a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins worth at least $22.5 million. Yessika Vivankos, AP




1381180742009-AP-DOLPHINS-BROWNS.jpg Saban's Dolphins went 9-7 in their first year, just missing the playoffs. Amy Sancetta, AP




1381180742011-USP-NFL-7-27-05--Miami-Dolphins-Training-Camp.jpg Saban's second season with the Dolphins was his first ever losing season as a head coach (the Dolphins went 6-10). Jason Parkhurst, USA TODAY Sports




1381180742006-BW-16-Nick-Saban-0625.jpg After the Dolphins' losing season in 2006, Saban left the team for the head coaching vacancy at Alabama. Dan Lopez, AP




1381180742007-c09-v2-saban-04.jpg Alabama's new head football coach Nick Saban receives a kiss from Colette Connell of Tuscaloosa, Ala. as he is mobbed by Alabama fans at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. Michael E. Palmer, AP




1381180742005-ib01-college-19.jpg Saban's first season with the Crimson Tide was lukewarm; the team finished with a barely winning record (7-6). Mike Zarrilli, Getty Images




1381180742004-XXX-BCS-TEXAS-ALABAMA-trophy-250.JPG The Tide improved drastically in the years following Saban's first season, winning the BCS National Championship in 2009 to cap a perfect 14-0 season. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports




1381180742003-XXX-BCS-144.JPG Alabama won the BCS Championship again in 2011... Eileen Blass, USA TODAY Sports




1381180742001-USP-NCAA-Football--BCS-National-Championship-Alaba.jpg ...and again in 2012, marking their first back-to-back national championship since the 70's. Saban's Crimson Tide routed the Fighting Irish 42-14. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports




1381180742002-c09-obama-15.jpg President Obama poses for photographs with the BCS College Football Champion Alabama Crimson Tide at the White House. H.Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Sports




1381180742000-USP-NCAA-Football--Chick-fil-A-Kickoff-Alabama-vs.jpg Quarterback AJ McCarron and head coach Nick Saban react after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome. The Crimson Tide have been dominant as ever through the 2013 season thus far. Paul Abell, USA TODAY Sports














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Saban has won four national championships, one with LSU in 2003 and three with Alabama after the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Saban earns $5.6 million per year, but Texas — the nation's wealthiest athletic program — certainly could afford him.
On Tuesday, Texas announced it had hired Steve Patterson to be the school's new athletic director. He replaces DeLoss Dodds, a staunch Brown ally who is leaving after 32 years.
It is still unclear who initiated the contact between Sexton and the Texas representatives, although Tom Hicks' e-mail suggests it was Sexton. Hicks wrote that Steve Hicks had told him "an agent had made contact to say Saban could have interest in UT."
Tom Hicks also wrote that Wallace Hall had told him that a "very confidential friend (of Hall) had heard from Jimmy Sexton, Saban's agent, and that he was willing to have a call."
Hall told the AP in September that a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton. Hall, who is under impeachment investigation by state lawmakers, could be asked to detail the meeting and identify the go-between if questioned under oath next week.
PREVIOUSLY: Texas regent talked to Saban's agent
Steve Hicks, who initially told the AP he had never "authorized anyone" to talk to Sexton but later acknowledged his involvement, traded several e-mails and texts with the brother about setting up the meeting, Tom Hicks wrote.
Tom Hicks and Hall spoke with Sexton by speakerphone at Hall's home.
"We told Sexton that Mack had leadership's support to stay and that I would go talk to him as a friend to see if Mack had any interest in retiring," Tom Hicks wrote.
"I told him it would have to be Mack's idea," he wrote.
Tom Hicks met Brown over lunch to tell Brown about Saban and "wanted him to know of Saban's interest if Mack wanted to make it his idea," Hicks wrote.
"Mack was adamant that he had no interest, and that he wanted to go out on top and leave UT in great place," Hicks wrote.
Hicks wrote that Brown was upset at Hall "for initiating the process" and called his lawyer Joe Jamail for legal advice. Jamail has threatened to sue anyone outside of the university system if they try to meddle with Brown's contract or job status.
Hicks said he assured Jamail he had gone to see Brown as a friend and not as a representative of the board of regents.
"I told Mack I was pleased to see his competitive instincts aroused and recommended he share his enthusiasm more with the fans," Hicks wrote.
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