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Saban says he never spoke with Texas

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Coach Nick Saban, days after agreeing to a contract extension that will keep him at the University of Alabama, said he never spoke with University of Texas about the Longhorns' coaching job.

"There were no talks (with Texas)," Saban said Tuesday at a press conference in Tuscaloosa, Ala. "I think I already made a reaction to that. Don't you watch ESPN? Didn't you see what they put down across the bottom line? That's my reaction to it. So I don't have any more reactions to it, and it's over, so why do we want to talk about that?

"Do we want to look forward? I'm looking forward. I made a commitment to the players that are here, and I'm happy to be committed to them and I want them to make the same kind commitment to the program and their future success."

Texas coach Mack Brown resigned Saturday, one day after Saban agreed to a contract extension with the Crimson Tide.

Saban's new deal reportedly is worth nearly $7 million per year. He previously signed an extension that runs through the 2020 season.

Saban's players weren't concerned that their coach would jump ship despite the rumors.

"Everybody was talking about it," wide receiver Kevin Norwood said, "but I was like, Coach Saban isn't going anywhere. Whatever social media was saying or whatever happened after that, I pretty much ignored it."

Defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan added about Saban's new contract, according to the Birmingham (Ala.) News, "That was a relief. I don't know too much about it, actually, but I'm just glad to say he's my head coach."

Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
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