Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Media, Saban Coaching Drama Could Influence Leonard Fournette's Decision

Alabama head coach Nick Saban walking off the field after losing to Auburn 34-28 on Nov. 30. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images).

On Tuesday, a source said that Texas head coach Mack Brown is expected to resign by the end of the week, according to Brett McMurphy of This has led to more speculation of Alabama head coach Nick Saban taking that job, which could cost the school the number one overall recruit, Leonard Fournette.

Saban has been able to achieve tremendous success with the Crimson Tide, thus far. His teams have won at least 10 games since 2008, including three Bowl Championship Series, BCS, National Championships.

Until Nov. 30, the Crimson Tide was in contention to try to win their third consecutive BCS National Championship. On Nov. 30, Auburn defeated the Crimson Tide 34-28 on the well-known missed field goal return touchdown, which put an end to their 'three-peat' dream.

On Tuesday, a source told McMurphy reported that Brown is expected to resign by the end of the week.

"By the end of the week, that will be the outcome," the source said. "That will happen. It's a shame after 16 years he's not able to do it on his own with dignity and grace."

His record as the Longhorns' head coach is 158-47, a win-loss percentage of .771. This season, he led his team to an 8-4 record and they will play 10th-ranked Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30.

The first source of Brown's potential resignation was by Chris Brown, an columnist, published an article about this on Tuesday.

Brown responded to this rumor on Tuesday. "Later Tuesday, Brown texted the website Horns247: 'I haven't seen [the] article. I'm in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down, I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down,'" according to McMurphy.

This rumor of Brown’s resignation not only affects him, but it also affects Saban. Many people have been touting Saban as Brown's potential replacement.

This includes a tweet on Tuesday from Stefan Stevenson, a TCU beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Source close to Texas executive council of regents says Nick Saban will be next Longhorns coach.

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