Dear Mr. Saban,
Like most LSU fans, I am dismayed that the collective set of rewards offered by my alma mater's head football coaching position are not sufficient to keep you in Baton Rouge. I will not pretend to understand all the factors that motivate you to pursue goals in the National Football League, but I will acknowledge them.
Who can say what another 10 or 20 years might hold in the LSU/Saban relationship? You know as well as anyone that the relationship between a college fan base and a successful coach is as complex as it is fragile. I remember quite well how shabbily we treated the late Charles McClendon at the end of his long tenure in 1979. We all watch as Penn State ignores the elephant in the living room and allows Joe Paterno to linger. I also recall great coaches leaving the game after having influenced countless disciples who demonstrated through accomplishments the true legacy of their mentors.
I do not think you should remain because we want you to stay - for golden chains and velvet ropes still a prisoner make. Stay only because you are satisfied that LSU is where your legacy and legend should be made - that you would prefer a legion of purple and gold clad Sabanites, players and coaches, marching from Tigerland to excel in all phases of football over a bronze bust in Canton.
The speculation and doubt surrounding your position that has become an annual media circus can only be ended by you. If the opportunity in Miami is not what you seek, make it your last such quest. But failing that, go - and go now with my most sincere wishes for success in achieving your highest aspirations. And take with you my thanks and the echoes of the many thousands of Tiger Faithful who will always remember St. Nick.
Very truly yours,