I-A College Football
                === Saban, Alabama reach long-term agreement ===
 Tuscaloosa,  AL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Nick  Saban, who  led Alabama  to three
 national titles in four years but was rumored to perhaps be looking elsewhere,
 will continue to coach the Crimson Tide.
 Alabama  said  Friday it reached a  long-term agreement with Saban, ending the
 recent speculation he would leave to coach another team, potentially Texas.
 Details  of the  new deal, which has  to be approved by the board of trustees,
 were  not immediately  available. Alabama signed Saban to a contract extension
 in March of 2012 that was to run through 2020.
 "Alabama  is  where I  plan  to  end my  coaching  career,"  Saban said  in  a
 The Crimson Tide are 79-14 since Saban was hired as coach in 2007. He led them
 to FBS titles following the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons.
 Still,  whispers grew that he might leave to coach the Longhorns if Mack Brown
 and Texas parted ways. Brown, who has coach Texas since 1998, was to meet with
 university officials Friday about his future.
 Alabama  was again perched atop the rankings this season until a shocking loss
 to  Auburn  in the Iron  Bowl on Nov. 30.  Chris Davis' last-second field goal
 return knocked the Tide from the No. 1 spot in the BCS rankings, ruining their
 chances to win another championship.
 Instead,  Auburn and  Florida State will face off in the BCS Championship Game
 next month.
 Alabama  (11-1),  led by quarterback  and Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron,
 will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
 "Coach  Saban is  the best  in the  business and  has led  our program  to the
 pinnacle of college football," Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a
 statement.  "This agreement is a strong indication of our mutual commitment to
 building on the foundation he has established."
 Saban,  62, has also coached Toledo, Michigan State and LSU and is one of only
 four  coaches in  the modern era to  win four national titles. He also reached
 the top with LSU after the 2003 season.
 12/13 23:15:52 ET

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