If the wife says it, it must be true, right? That’s what Alabama fans are hoping.
The rumors linking ‘Bama coach Nick Saban to the potential opening at Texas have come up in headlines over the past few months, but Saban’s wife, Terry, told the Wall Street Journal that they are staying in Tuscaloosa.
When asked about the validity of rumors that she was house hunting in Austin, Terry called them “rumors with absolutely no validity.”
“We’re staying,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
Though the rumor gained some traction when Saban’s agent said the Texas job would be the only job Saban would consider leaving Alabama for, Saban quickly shot the idea down, saying that he is “totally committed to the University of Alabama.”
The article details Terry’s influence on her husband and his coaching stops along the way from Michigan State to LSU to Miami and now Alabama.
“According to interviews with colleagues, players and university administrators who have known the Sabans, they are a formidable team that makes decisions in tandem. Terry, who goes by "Miss Terry," is a behind-the-scenes negotiator for her husband's coaching contracts. Nick's assistant copies her on nearly all of Nick's email traffic. She makes clear she is part of the operation, not solely a homemaker. "The only thing we use the dining room table for is recruiting," she said.”
The program has been extremely successful with Saban at the helm, but Terry believes there is a “lack of appreciation” for her husband from Crimson Tide fans.
“You come to a crossroads and the expectations get so great, people get spoiled by success and there gets to be a lack of appreciation,” she said. “We’re kind of there now.”
Saban has said publicly that he’d like to end his career at Alabama, and Terry echoed these sentiments.
“We can’t change expectations or change lack of appreciation. We have to change our mind-set. We have decided: this is where we are going to end our career,” Terry said.
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