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Saban: “There Were No Talks” With Texas

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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 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama coach Nick Saban says “there were no talks” involving him and the Texas job.

Saban said Tuesday after the third-ranked Crimson Tide’s first practice for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma that such speculation is “kind of over.”

He had said Friday night after agreeing to a new contract reportedly worth about $7 million a year that he planned to retire at Alabama.

Mack Brown announced his resignation the following day at Texas.

At Texas, several university regents and a former regent were involved in a meeting with Saban’s agent last January to gauge the coach’s interest in coming to Texas.

On the field, Saban says guard Anthony Steen will miss the bowl game after having shoulder surgery.

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