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Texas Regent Talked To Saban's Agent

Updated: Thursday, September 19 2013, 11:53 PM CDT

A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a
University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban's
agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing
Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.

Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with
agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former
regent who is the brother of current Regent Steve Hicks, also was on
the call.


Tom Hicks, the former owner of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars
and the English professional soccer club Liverpool, was a regent in 1997
when Brown came to Texas and was instrumental in hiring him away from
North Carolina.


Two days after the call with Sexton, Tom Hicks met with Brown over
lunch and told him about the call, according to several people who spoke
with the AP. He asked Brown if he was ready to retire.


Brown, who had just finished his 15th season at Texas, said he wanted to keep coaching and the matter was dropped.


On his weekly radio show Thursday night, Saban said he didn't know
anything about the meeting and said he's too old to start over someplace
else. He also joked about Sexton talking to another school.


"That's what they're supposed to do. That's why I hired the guy. That's why I pay him," Saban said.


"Nothing went on that I know of. I mean, I don't know about any of
this stuff. I haven't talked to anybody about that particular situation.
They have a coach there that I've got a lot of respect for. Every year
it's something. Last year, it was the Cleveland Browns. The year before
it was something else, going back to the NFL," Saban said. "But (wife)
Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We really love the
University of Alabama."


Brown, who is under contract until 2020 and will be paid $5.4 million
this year, won the 2005 national title and lost to Saban's Alabama team
in the 2010 championship game. The Longhorns are 23-18 since that
defeat and Brown is under fire from fans upset about a 1-2 start this
year after consecutive lopsided losses to BYU and Mississippi.


Brown has said he plans to coach through his contract. But three
sub-par seasons and two consecutive losses this season have led to
speculation about Brown's future, and Saban is often mentioned as a
potential replacement.


Saban has won four national championships, one with LSU in 2003 and
three with Alabama after the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Saban earns
$5.6 million per year, but Texas — the nation's wealthiest athletic
program — could certainly afford him.


Whether Sexton initiated the contact with Texas is unclear. He did
not return a telephone message from the AP on Thursday. Alabama
spokesman Jeff Purinton also declined comment.


Hall said a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton.


"I notified then-chairman Gene Powell, who then informed vice
chairman and athletic liaison Steve Hicks, which resulted in a
conference call with Mr. Sexton," Hall said in a prepared statement to
the AP. "Introductions were made and then I withdrew from the process."


Tom Hicks declined comment on the call and the meeting with Brown.
Steve Hicks told the AP he was in Australia the second week in January
and said he never talked to Sexton, Brown or Saban, "or authorized
anyone to do so."


"Wallace Hall brought this to the chairman and myself. Nothing was
authorized by the board and the chairman and myself thought the board
should not be involved," Steve Hicks said. "Tom and Mack are friends and
talk often. They simply visited and just talked the idea through. It
was dropped and nothing happened ... It was a short conversation."


Powell did not respond to messages seeking comment.


Joe Jamail, a billionaire trial lawyer who is one of the top donors
to Texas, is Brown's attorney. When asked about the conference call with
Sexton and the lunch meeting, Jamail suggested Hall was acting on his
own and threatened to sue anyone outside the university if they try to
pressure Brown to resign.


"If there are any more, get ready for a lawsuit," Jamail said. "Mack has publicly stated he wants to coach."


After Brown and Tom Hicks spoke, Sexton was informed that Brown would
not retire, Hall said Thursday. He said he has not been in further
contact with Sexton and didn't know if anyone else from the university
had spoken with the agent.


Hall is under impeachment investigation by the state House of
Representatives and lawmakers have complained that he has tried to force
out university President Bill Powers, who has been a strong advocate
for Brown. Steve Hicks has been among the regents backing Powers in a
public spat that has embroiled the board members and state lawmakers for
more than a year.


A spokesman for Powers said the president was unaware of the call with Saban's agent or the meeting with Brown.


The conversation has been rumored for months. That a regent
participated — whether on behalf of the board or on his own —
underscores the pressure Brown is under to turn around his struggling
program.


Texas went 69-9 from 2004-2009. But the Longhorns slid to 5-7 in 2010
before seasons of 8-5 in 2011 and 9-4 in 2012. With 19 returning
starters, Brown suggested before the season that Texas was on the verge
of returning to national prominence. Instead, the losses to BYU and Ole
Miss have left Brown fending off questions about his future every week.


On Monday, Brown dismissed "rumors" about his job.


"They've been swirling for 16 years," Brown said.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Texas Regent Talked To Saban's Agent


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NBA

Friday's Games

Phoenix 122, Philadelphia 96

Orlando 105, Charlotte 100

Atlanta 99, Detroit 89

Toronto 124, Milwaukee 83

Brooklyn 94, Oklahoma City 92

Memphis 117, Boston 100

San Antonio 121, Minnesota 92

Washington 91, Cleveland 78

Dallas 140, L.A. Lakers 106

Denver 117, New Orleans 97

Golden State 101, Utah 88

Portland 105, Chicago 87

Saturday's Games

Miami at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Washington at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Utah, 9 p.m.

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Friday's Games

( 1) Kentucky 89, Boston U. 65

( 4) Duke 74, Temple 54

( 7) Louisville 85, Marshall 67

( 8) Florida 61, Louisiana-Monroe 56, OT

( 9) Virginia 59, George Washington 42

(10) Texas 71, California 55

(17) UConn 75, Dayton 64

(19) Michigan St. 87, Loyola of Chicago 52

(23) Syracuse 66, Iowa 63

(25) Utah 88, UC Riverside 42

Saturday

( 3) Wisconsin vs. Boise State, 10 p.m.

( 4) Duke vs. Stanford, 9:30 p.m.

( 6) North Carolina vs. Davidson at Charlotte, N.C., 2 p.m.

(13) Gonzaga vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 9 p.m.

(21) Nebraska at Rhode Island, 7 p.m.

(22) SMU vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

NHL

Friday's Games

N.Y. Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4, SO

Boston 4, Columbus 3, SO

New Jersey 2, Edmonton 0

N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, ppd., snow

Saturday's Games

St. Louis at Ottawa, 3 p.m.

Montreal at Boston, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

Florida at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Carolina at Colorado, 9 p.m.

New Jersey at Calgary, 10 p.m.

Chicago at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Friday's Games

( 3) Notre Dame 88, Chattanooga 53

( 4) Tennessee 81, Winthrop 48

(18) Iowa 97, Pepperdine 68

Saturday's Games

( 9) Maryland at George Washington, 3:30 p.m.

(13) Kentucky at Central Michigan, 8 p.m.

(18) DePaul vs. South Dakota State, 8 p.m.

(18) Iowa vs. Dayton, 8:30 p.m.

(20) Oregon State vs. Concordia(Ore.), 5 p.m.

(21) Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State, 3 p.m.

(22) Rutgers at LSU, 3 p.m.

(23) Syracuse at Jacksonville, 3 p.m.

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Sunday's Games

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Houston, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Detroit at New England, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, ppd., snow

Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

St. Louis at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.

Washington at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

Miami at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Carolina, Pittsburgh

Monday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

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