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Nick Saban Says Alabama Never Offered Zach Smith Because Of “Background Check”

alabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship game

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On Friday night, Ohio State released 2,000 texts/emails relating to the Zach Smith allegations.

Mixed in with a myriad of random text messages and emails was an interesting tidbit about Smith and Alabama. According to the text messages, Smith interviewed for a job on the Crimson Tide coaching staff after the 2017 season.

In the messages, Smith said he turned down the job to remain at Ohio State.

On Saturday morning, reporters asked Alabama head coach Nick Saban about Smith.

Saban revealed the team did, in fact, interview Smith but never officially offered him a job. Why not? Well, Saban said the team did a background check and decided to hire someone else instead.

"When we did a background check, we decided it was better to hire someone else," Saban said via Alabama beat writer Charlie Potter.

Alabama dodged a bullet by not hiring the troubled former assistant coach.

Smith was fired before the 2018 college football season. Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer received a three-game suspension and later resigned his position after the 2018 campaign.

Ryan Day took over the team's new head coach heading into the 2019 season. He and transfer quarterback Justin Fields could prove to form a vicious offensive duo.