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Saban's departure would devastate Tuscaloosa

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07:36 AM ET 12.12 | As of yet, it's status quo. [The] road to the interstate hasn't yet been blocked. Flights still leave the airport daily. Gas stations regularly pump unleaded for around $3 a gallon. And the grocery stores here remained stocked with canned goods and water. If a disaster is about to occur at the University of Alabama -- and Nick Saban leaving for Texas would qualify -- you wouldn't know it in the sober expression of the town the school inhabits. The campus is quiet. ... Make no mistake, if Saban left, the school and the city of Tuscaloosa would be devastated. He's the largest and most important figure here, without question. His meaning to the community cannot be understated. It goes beyond coaching a handful of games each fall. This is a town that has always identified with coaches.

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December 12, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Yeah, the thought of someone coming in there that was serious about ACADEMIC standards would be a huge blow to this university....

Who would meet the standard and actually be cleared to play??

Semi Educated Conference.....

December 12, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who would meet the standard and actually be cleared to play?? Semi Educated Conference.....

Jethro Bodine

December 12, 2013  08:03 AM ET

But on the other hand it would be funny to watch all the Bama faithful whine & cry and make excuse's.

December 12, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

But on the other hand it would be funny to watch all the Bama faithful whine & cry and make excuse's.

A strong bama is great for the SEC...a strong texas is great for the nation.

December 12, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jethro Bodine Clampett

FIFY HB

December 12, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A strong bama is great for the SEC...a strong texas is great for the nation.

I'll make a prediction.

Texas won't win 3 NCGs in a 4 year span if they get Nick Saban.

December 12, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Saban is coming to MICHIGAN.

December 12, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I'll make a prediction.Texas won't win 3 NCGs in a 4 year span if they get Nick Saban.

troof.

December 12, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

troof.

4 out of 4????????

December 12, 2013  09:02 AM ET

yeah baton rouge knows what u mean..........relax bama fans...satan would never coach at texas....way too uptight...hippie lettuce is the only reason half those kids go there....similar to pac 10 kids...

December 12, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Saban is coming to MICHIGAN.

Saban is not dumb......

December 12, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

FIFY HB

Thanks LOL.......but Jetho wasn't a Clampett he was Jeds nephew..... :)

December 12, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A strong bama is great for the SEC...a strong texas is great for the nation.

Are you related to Bush is Right?

December 12, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jethro Bodine

You've no cause to insult Jethro, which you did with that allusion.

December 12, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Keep Austin weird.

December 12, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Pretty sad when a town has only ONE 'orgasmatron' entity to make their life complete. <SMH>

December 12, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Keep Austin weird.

It doesn't take much.

December 12, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Are you related to Bush is Right?

No sense in insulting HW...

December 12, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

4 out of 4????????

He's a 5 year plan tops. If he wins a couple B12s and an NC he'd leave a hero and the program would be a better place for the next guy. Right now the place is more UF like. No offense GR.

 
December 12, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

No sense in insulting HW...

I think he meant the poster on here with the moniker Bush is right. Not the former prez

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