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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —A University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban's agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned. The contact came just days after Saban led Alabama to the 2013 national championship.

Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former regent, also was on the call. Hicks was a regent in 1997 when Brown came to Texas and was instrumental in hiring him away from North Carolina.

Two days after the call with Sexton, Tom Hicks met with Brown over lunch and told him about the call, according to several people who spoke with the AP. He asked Brown if he was ready to retire.

Brown said he wanted to keep coaching and the matter was dropped.

For his part, Saban said on his weekly radio show Thursday night he's not going anywhere. He says he hasn't spoken to anybody about "that particular situation."

Saban continued to say "Every year it's something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns," Saban said. "The year before it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We really love the University of Alabama. We feel like a part of a community here and we have lots of good friends here.

"And quite frankly," Saban continued. "I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else."


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