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What Texas knows is that it won’t get Saban.

Tide coach Nick Saban has been identified as a target to potentially replace Brown, and several university regents and a former regent were involved in a meeting with Saban’s agent last January to gauge his interest in coming to Texas.

That door closed Friday night when Alabama announced it had reached “a long-term agreement” for Saban to remain with the Crimson Tide. Alabama didn’t release terms of the new deal, which must be approved by the board of trustees.

Saban, who turned 62 on Oct. 31, has led the Tide to three national championships in the past four years. No. 3 Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

The 62-year-old Brown earns about $5.4 million and is under contract until 2020.

Brown was one of the most successful coaches in the country from 2001-2009 when he 101-16, won two Big 12 titles and the 2005 national championship, the Longhorns’ first undisputed national title in 36 years. The Longhorns returned to the national championship game in the 2009 season, but lost to Saban’s Alabama.

Since that loss, Texas is 30-20 overall, with Brown’s only losing season in 2010. Texas expected to return to national prominence this year but started 1-2. Texas fought back to for a chance to play for the Big 12 championship, but lost 30-10 last week at Baylor.