Nick Saban, don't do it.
Don't let your ego trigger thoughts of Manifest Destiny and move you west.
Don't let the truckloads of money that the University of Texas and its boosters can surely dump upon your front lawn lure you away from what has to be the greatest college-football job in America.
Don't prove your critics right by leaving Alabama for the promise of a greater challenge.
Think back on all that you've done for the Crimson Tide family.
Who knows whether the report that Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, spoke with a former Texas regent about luring the coaching great away from the friendly confines of Tuscaloosa to Austin to replace Mack Brown is more truth than fiction.
Who knows what to make of The Associated Press report highlighting emails in which Sexton said the Texas job is the only one that could lure him from Alabama. According to the report, the Crimson Tide expectations have created a "special pressure for him."
Saban has shot down these rumors, telling the media that he was "too old" to start somewhere else and late last week added he was "totally committed to the University of Alabama."
The Dolphins remember that kind of talk. We've all heard that one before.
It's easy to see why Texas would be interested going after Saban. The Saban Effect has been felt almost everywhere he's gone. From Michigan State to LSU and now Alabama, Saban has put down a foundation of success most places he's put down roots in the college game.
It's that success that has earned him a special place among Tide faithful.
It's also earned him a permanent spot on the Alabama campus.
A statue of Saban sits a few yards from another coaching legend, Bear Bryant. Bryant's six national titles are considered the gold standard among coaches, and Saban is making a strong run at that mark, with four titles and a possible fifth one on the way.
Then there is the money factor.
Saban is the highest-paid college-football coach in the country, with a contract that pays him $5.5 million per season. Brown is right behind Saban on the pay scale, making $5.45 million this season at Texas. However, the Longhorns program tops the country in revenue by bringing in close to $103 million.
Imagine what those numbers could be with the addition of a coach like Nick Saban to the program?
It's part of the reason we're still talking about the possibility of his moving to Austin instead of focusing on his chase for third straight national championship.
Yet while Saban works out the X's and O's this season, it's the dollars and cents that will draw all of the attention. There's plenty of speculation that no matter his future, Saban will extend his lead as highest-paid coach either with a pay increase from Alabama or a Texas-size contract to mentor the Longhorns.
Think big … now double it.
You can see why he might be tempted to leave. But he should resist that temptation.
If he wins another national title this season, that leaves him one shy of Bryant's record of six. And tying that mark while coaching at the same institution that the legendary coach made famous would be something so special, something so right, that it would be a shame to see if it happens anywhere else.
So, Nick, do us all a favor and stay put.
Nine more teams joined the growing list of bowl-eligible programs this weekend, expanding the pool to 58. With 70 available spots this postseason, potential bowl spots are filling fast. There are currently 15 teams within one win shy of joining the group, including Rutgers (5-3), Syracuse (5-4), Boston College (5-4), Pittsburgh (5-4), Kansas State (5-4), UTSA (5-5), Navy (5-4), San Diego State (5-4), San Jose State (5-4), UNLV (5-5), Colorado State (5-5), Vanderbilt (5-4), Arkansas State (5-4), Louisiana-Monroe (5-4) and Troy (5-5). Just because a team qualifies for bowl eligibility (a minimum of six wins) doesn't mean it will play in the postseason. Conferences have a certain number of tie-ins, and once those fill up, only a few at-large spots can be filled.
CBS to showcase historic Army, Navy game
CBS Sports Network will present a new documentary, "Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered," which takes a closer look at the monumental football game between Army and Navy on Dec. 7, 1963. It was 15 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The one-hour film airs at 8 p.m. Nov. 14, nearly 50 years after Kennedy's death.
Kentucky early favorite to win hoops title
With college basketball starting up, it's time to start looking at who the oddsmakers believe has a legitimate shot of claiming this year's ultimate hoops dream: a national championship. According to Bovada, Kentucky is the preseason favorite, with 7-2 odds. The Wildcats failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament after finishing the season with a 21-11 record and were upset in the first round of the NIT by Robert Morris. Kansas, led by freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins, is second (6-1), while defending national champ Louisville is third (15-2). Florida (20-1), Florida State (100-1) and Miami (100-1) are the only teams from the state of Florida ranked by the oddsmakers.
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