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Steve Hicks, who initially told the AP he had never “authorized anyone” to talk to Sexton but later acknowledged his involvement, traded several emails and texts with the brother about setting up the meeting, Tom Hicks wrote.

Tom Hicks and Hall spoke with Sexton by speakerphone at Hall’s home.

“We told Sexton that Mack had leadership’s support to stay and that I would go talk to him as a friend to see if Mack had any interest in retiring,” Tom Hicks wrote.

“I told him it would have to be Mack’s idea,” he wrote.

Tom Hicks met Brown over lunch to tell Brown about Saban and “wanted him to know of Saban’s interest if Mack wanted to make it his idea,” Hicks wrote.

Mack was adamant that he had no interest, and that he wanted to go out on top and leave UT in great place,” Hicks wrote.

Hicks wrote that Brown was upset at Hall “for initiating the process” and called his lawyer Joe Jamail for legal advice. Jamail has threatened to sue anyone outside of the university system if they try to meddle with Brown’s contract or job status.

Hicks said he assured Jamail he had gone to see Brown as a friend and not as a representative of the board of regents.

“I told Mack I was pleased to see his competitive instincts aroused and recommended he share his enthusiasm more with the fans,” Hicks wrote.