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Nick Saban once again reaffirms commitment to Alabama

Nick Bromberg
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After the T-word starting sprouting up again, Nick Saban was quick to comment.

The AP reported Tuesday that Saban's agent told the University of Texas in January that the Longhorns would be the only team Saban would be willing to coach if he left Alabama.

"Well I don't know where these reports come from," Saban said to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. "I've sort of addressed the situation before. I'm totally committed to the University of Alabama, looking forward to the game we have this week and all my focus has been on LSU and what our team needs to do to play their best."

Jimmy Sexton, Saban's agent, said that he was under "special pressure" at Alabama. When reports of the January meeting first surfaced earlier in the season, Saban, who just turned 62, said that he was "too damn old" to start over somewhere else.

On Tuesday, Texas made the hiring of Arizona State's Steve Patterson as its athletic director official. Patterson, a UT grad, is replacing DeLoss Dodds, who is stepping down at the end of the year. With the transition atop the athletic department, the future of coach Mack Brown has been in doubt despite Brown's contract through 2020.

Saban and Brown were atop USA Today's list of coaching salaries that was released Wednesday, and while Texas would have plenty of monetary firepower to lure Saban, Alabama would be equally equipped to match.

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