Texas president Bill Powers says he has never met or talked to Nick Saban

Nick Bromberg

No, Nick Saban isn't going to Texas.

Like a stubborn weed, the rumors of Saban wearing burnt orange next year popped up this week (again) after Alabama's loss to Auburn on Saturday. So they needed to be doused again. This time, it's by Texas president Bill Powers, who said Thursday that he'd never even met or talked to Saban.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

"I've never met Nick Saban. I've never talked to Nick Saban. We have not hired Nick Saban," Powers told the American-Statesman on Thursday afternoon. "Mack's our coach, and I can say flatly that the rumors we have hired or come to an agreement with Nick Saban or even talked to him are false."

A Texas regent met with Jimmy Sexton, Saban's agent in January, but with Mack Brown entrenched as the coach, it was simply that.

In late November, after Saban had reaffirmed his commitment to Alabama and said that he was too old to take another job, the thought of Saban coaching the Longhorns was viewed as officially kaput when his wife Terry said that "We're not going anywhere."

Texas plays Baylor on Saturday, and when Kirk Bohls of the Statesman asked Powers if Brown had told him he wanted to stay through next year, Powers responded "That's for Mack to decide. I think he would (tell me)."