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Texas House committee weighing impeachment case against regent who talked to Nick Saban’s agent

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Wallace Hall, the University of Texas regent who spoke to Jimmy Sexton, the agent for Alabama coach Nick Saban, after the Crimson Tide's BCS title game win in January, could face possible impeachment by the Texas House.

The possibility of impeachment stems from three allegations. The last public official to be impeached in Texas was against judge O.P. Carrillo in 1975.

From the Texas Tribune:

At a recent meeting, Flynn said the committee was considering three allegations against Hall: whether he failed to disclose key information on his application to be a regent; whether he improperly handled sensitive student information; and whether he exceeded his authority in his private investigations of UT-Austin, which have been marked by demands for large volumes of documents.

One semi-interesting side note: the attorney hired as special counsel by the Texas House Committee is Rusty Hardin, pitcher Roger Clemens' attorney.

The conversation that Hall had with Sexton is not one of the reasons for impeachment, though it's a reason why he's back in the public eye. This is a case that extends past the realm of football and a fascinating read.

After he met with Sexton days after Alabama beat Notre Dame, current Texas coach Mack Brown was approached to retire. After Brown refused, the matter was dropped. According to the Tribune, Texas president William Powers was not notified of the discussion, per a spokesperson, though the director of the board of regents and an athletics liason were notified of the call. According to NCAA and university rules, such personnel decisions are not in Powers' authority.

Responding to the report of the meeting, Saban said that he's "too damn old" to start at another program.

According to SB Nation's Barking Carnival, the reasons for Hall leaking the call are varied.

Some believe he is trying to curry favor with the "change" crowd, who want Mack Brown gone, others believe he is continuing his effort to paint Powers as an ineffective leader.

After back-to-back losses against BYU and Ole Miss in which Texas gave up 800 rushing yards, the hot seat Brown was in was quite scalding. It's since cooled a bit after a home win against Kansas State, the first time that Texas beat the Wildcats in 10 seasons.

This news about Hall should calm the fears of any Alabama fans who panicked at the thought of Saban leaving, even after he dismissed the idea. If the sentiment is against Hall in enough of a capacity to weigh impeachment charges, his influence won't be a big enough catalyst to lure Saban to the land of burnt orange.

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