Texas Regent Talked To Saban’s Agent

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches warm-ups before the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Head coach Nick Saban (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Mack Brown may have no plans of retiring in the near future. But if he does, the Longhorns may have targeted a potential replacement.

The Associated Press has learned that a University of Texas regent and a former regent spoke with Alabama coach Nick Saban’s agent about Saban coaching the Longhorns if Brown retired.

The meeting took place a few days after Alabama won the national championship in January. Two days later, Brown was approached by the former regent to consider retiring. Brown, who had just finished his 15th season, said he did not want to quit and the matter was dropped.

Regent Wallace Hall says he spoke by telephone with Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, a few days after the Jan. 7 BCS championship game. Tom Hicks, a former regent, also was on the call with Sexton.

It was not clear who initiated the meeting. Sexton did not return a call seeking comment.

Brown is facing heat after the Longhorns were defeated in consecutive weeks by BYU and Mississippi. Texas faces Kansas State on Saturday, a team that has defeated the Horns five consecutive times during Brown’s tenure.

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