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Don’t hire Nick Saban

Why should UT hire Nick Saban? Is it the thought of instant gratification and the idea of buying college championship causing such a thoughtless exercise? I hope not. On the other hand, I can think of many reasons we should not pursue the hire of Saban, a few of which I’ve set forth below: 1. Nick Saban is 62 years old. How many more years will he want to coach or be able to coach? 2. How likely is it that if he came to UT he would make us an instant BCS champion or even in a few years? 3. In my opinion, if Saban became the next head coach it would drastically diminish our university’s place and respect in collegiate sports much like the LHN has, by showing the world that UT can buy anything it wants and step over everyone else "because it can." Hiring Saban would be yet another example of the spoiled rich kid syndrome (which typically ends poorly). 4. As with any successful business, it’s best to set down strong roots and grow with great leadership and great products. I hope Steve Patterson will provide that kind of leadership for the university in general, and specifically the football program, by hiring a great head coach capable of running a clean program and recruiting great coaches and players, and who will be with the university for many years, not a few. I want the highest caliber football team possible at UT; however, I am not in favor of buying Nick Saban to try to do so. On the contrary, I would much rather we bring in a talented young coach, with class and personality, who can build our program into the best of the best for years to come, much as Darrell Royal and Mack Brown did for nearly 40 years during their tenures.

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