A UT System insider (personal acquaintance) stated that Sexton has been working on this deal, secretly, for months now with an unnamed UT regent. Part of the deal was Dodds out. It appears that Saban was also opposed to Oliver Luck as the new AD...not sure what the connection is (perhaps someone can enlighten).
1. Sabans purchased a mansion in Lakewood (not logical for an "investment" property, according to a local realtor) under an assumed "trust" name.
2. Alabama caught wind of what was happening some three or four weeks ago and drafted an extension offer expediently to try and preempt the departure. They, according to the source, agreed to everything.
3. Texas responded in-kind by trying to shove Mack out of the door within 72 hours of the Baylor game, in order to avoid any last minute surprises by Saban (mostly, not to piss him off and not keep him on his "recruiting" trips for weeks and weeks with an upcoming BCS bowl game)
4. Saban's "recruiting" trips are actually covers for meetings to finalize the deal.
Apparently, the reason for the 007 tactics was that there was a lot riding on the Baylor game...a Texas Big XII championship and BCS appearance could've imploded everything. Mack could've entrenched himself, split the fat-cat alums, and it could've been a disaster for both Texas and Saban. That's why everything is beginning to happen so fast now.
You'll notice in the following few days:
1. Saban, even though the negotiations regarding his contract extension are finished, and the contract is on the table, WILL NOT SIGN, as the media buzz and curiosity picks up. Again, the recruiting trips, are just a convenient excuse to keep him away from Tuscaloosa. Ask yourself: The BCS game is a little more than two weeks away...what is he doing flying around the country visiting "recruits"?
2. Mack Brown will announce by Thursday or Friday he's retiring.
...and then comes the A-Bomb for Bama fans...the Texas deal will be announced within two-three weeks...or earlier.