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College football roundup: Tide AD thinks Saban stays; Montana's son transfers

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---Alabama athletic director Mal Moore doesn't think a fourth national championship will push Nick Saban to return to the NFL.

Moore knows from experience the pull of the Crimson Tide isn't easily discounted.

"For years, when I was with the Cardinals, they'd ask me what it was like," Moore said in an ESPN.com interview. "I'd say it was a little bit different. When I'd go to work, I'd never see anybody. Nobody ever comes to see me. Nobody ever calls. I'd have to think up somebody to call. ... Nobody in St. Louis or Phoenix, nobody would ever come by to see us. You know why? Because nobody gives a damn. Here, brother, they love their university. It's important."

Saban has won three national championships. The Crimson Tide play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 7. Saban, 61, left the Miami Dolphins in 2006 to return to college coaching. In six years at Alabama, he has won two crystal footballs -- the iconic trophy awarded to the national title winner.

---Nick Montana will transfer to Tulane, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Joe Montana's son began his college career at the University of Washington, but was stuck behind Keith Price on the depth chart and transferred to Mt. San Antonio College in California after the 2011 season.

Nick Montanta threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012 and will be a junior next season.

---Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes was hired as the head football coach at Kent State, the Mid-American Conference school announced Tuesday

Kent State is the alma mater for Haynes, who walked on as a freshman 25 years ago.

Haynes will replace Darrell Hazell, who left this month after two seasons to coach Purdue. He led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record this season, losing to Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game. He was selected as the MAC coach of the year's overall.

---University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson pled guilty to driving with a suspended license, and is able to play in the Outback Bowl.

Robinson paid a fine and faces no additional punishment from the school, Wolverines spokesman David Ablauf announced Tuesday.

According to Bath Township police Lt. Lyle Lindemulder, Robinson was stopped in the early morning Nov. 4 for failing to signal and having an expired license plate tag, a charge to which he pleaded guilty to on Monday.
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