Sources: Saban agrees to stay at Bama

December, 13, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama and coach Nick Saban have agreed to a long-term deal that will keep the four-time champion coach in Tuscaloosa, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit on Friday night.

A second source confirmed the news to ESPN.com.

Saban, who has recently been rumored as a candidate to replace Mack Brown at Texas, is already the highest paid coach in college football at $5.62 million per year after signing an extension in March that kept the coach under contract through 2020. The details on his new deal remain unclear.

On multiple occasions, Saban has denied interest in the expected vacancy at Texas, telling reporters time and time again that he's happy with his life in Tuscaloosa and "too damn old" to go anywhere else.

"I'm not really at the stage of my career where I'm looking for some other big sort of challenge," Saban told reporters in late October, though his attempt to quash the rumors of his departure ultimately proved unsuccessful. "We've got enough challenges right here to try to work with the players we recruited and try to continue to have a successful program for their personal, academic and athletic success."

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