Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Colleges

Saban says he's committed to Alabama despite Texas talk

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban said Wednesday he is "very committed" to Alabama and referred to past comments he has made that he is not interested in leaving.

The Crimson Tide coach was asked Wednesday about an Associated Press report based on emails obtained through an open-records request that his agent had a conversation in January about Saban possibly replacing Mack Brown at Texas.

An email sent by former Texas Board of Regents member Tom Hicks said Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, indicated the Texas job was the only one for which the coach would consider leaving Tuscaloosa.

Asked about the account, Saban said: "No one's said anything like that. I don't know where y'all get these reports. But I've already commented on all this stuff. There's nothing new or different that's ever happened. I'm very committed to the University of Alabama, love being here. Don't need to talk about it again.

"We've got a big game with LSU this week. That's where our focus is, and that's what we're focusing on."

Saban, who turned 62 on Oct. 31, has at least twice said since the initial report that he is too old to go elsewhere.

Sexton said Saban's success had created a "special pressure," the report said. Sexton has declined to comment.

Ball St. 44, C. Mich. 24: Keith Wenning threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, and Horactio Banks had 143 yards and a score as the host Cardinals (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) won their seven straight game. Ball State has won 11 consecutive conference games, one shy of the school record set in 1977-78. Central Michigan fell to 3-6, 2-3.

Georgia: Tight end Arthur Lynch is expected to miss this week's game against Appalachian State with bruised ribs.

North Carolina: Senior quarterback Bryn Renner had surgery on his left (nonthrowing) shoulder and will be out for the rest of the year. After he heals, he will prepare for NFL predraft workouts.

South Carolina: Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, who leads the team with seven sacks, will leave school after his junior season to enter the NFL draft, his father, Buddy, said.

Trophy honor: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is renaming its national football championship trophy for Tom Osborne, the former Nebraska coach and three-sport star at NAIA Hastings College in Nebraska. Osborne, 76, retired in January as athletic director at Nebraska, where he led the Huskers to three national titles and a record of 255-49-3 in 25 seasons as coach.

Probation for Chadron: The NCAA put Chadron State on three years probation and vacated 15 wins over two seasons after determining its former coach had secret bank accounts and extra benefits for players at the Division II school in Nebraska.

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