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Joel Klatt: Steve Sarkisian Had An Agreement to Succeed Nick Saban at Alabama

NCAA Football: Auburn at Alabama

It’s been less than two weeks since Steve Sarkisian was hired to be the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns. But the more we learn, the more evident it becomes that this was not a slam-dunk deal by either side.

In fact, hours after Tom Herman was hired and Steve Sarkisian’s name started to surface, there were several reports that the deal between Texas and Sarkisian had fallen apart. Obviously that turned out to not be true, but after hearing what FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt said on Monday to Colin Cowherd, it makes you wonder how tough it was for Texas to pry Sarkisian away from Alabama.


When discussing how long Nick Saban might coach Alabama ahead of Monday night’s National Championship Game, Klatt told Cowherd, “They [Alabama and Saban] did have an agreement, whether it was on paper or a handshake, with Steve Sarkisian to be the heir apparent [to Saban]. That is true. And Steve took the Texas job. And more power to him. And that’s a job that is hard to turn down, in particular when you think of coming in the footsteps of Nick Saban.”

Klatt went on to say that he believes Saban might coach four, five or six more years in Tuscaloosa.

Regardless, if you’re a Texas fan who was not sure about the hire of Steve Sarkisian, will it make you feel better that Nick Saban thought he was worthy of being his successor at Alabama? It should.

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