Texas megabooster Tom Hicks recently appeared on the Your Turn podcast with Corby Davidson and confirmed that Nick Saban reached out to the University of Texas in order to talk about becoming the head coach of the program after the 2012 season.
“Another regent and I had the conversation with Saban’s agent and he said, ‘If Saban was a business guy, he’d be what you would call a turnaround artist. He’s not a longterm CEO. Fix it, win and go on. He knows he will never catch Bear Bryant’s legacy in Alabama, but he’d like to create his legacy that he’s won national championships at more schools than anybody else. He’s done it at LSU and Alabama, and he knows he can win a national championship at Alabama; he knows he can.'" - Tom Hicks
Hicks goes on to say that then texas head coach Mack Brown balked at the idea of being replaced by Saban. Brown retired the following year, but Texas was unable to lure Saban away. Alabama has won another two titles since.