Nick Saban contract extension: Alabama coach regains highest-paid spot with deal worth $93.6 million


Alabama coach Nick Saban has reclaimed his spot as the highest-paid college football coach after the University of Alabama Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved a one-year contract extension. The new terms push Saban’s contract through the 2029 season, paying him more than $90 million over the next eight years.

The contract increases his base fee to $305,000 over each year of the contract. The bulk of his contract, however, concerns the “talent fee,” which starts at $9,595,000 during the 2022 season and will increase to $12,395 million at the end of the contract, when Saban is 79. In addition, Saban will receive a contract benefit of $800,000 each year between 2022 and 2025.

With the new contract, Saban will earn $10.7 million by 2022, ahead of incentives, taking his salary number past the $10.25 million salary of Georgia coach Kirby Smart. Smart signed a 10-year $112.5 million contract in July, briefly making him the highest-paid coach in college football. Saban’s new contract will pay him an average of $11.7 million per season. Saban and Smart won the last two national championships.

Saban has been the highest paid coach in the sport for years, and for good reason. The Alabama coach is on arguably the greatest run in college football history, clearing Alabama’s $100 million career this year.

Saban has a record of 178-25 in Alabama with six national championships. Along with his only title at LSU in 2003, Saban holds the most national championships of any coach in college football history. Additionally, the Crimson Tide ranks #1 on the AP Preseason Top 25 after bringing back Heisman winner Bryce Young and Nagurski winner Will Anderson, arguably the best offensive and defensive player in the sport, respectively.

The legendary coach turns 71 on Halloween. However, Saban is adamant that he is in no rush to retire as he continues to produce national-caliber teams every year.

“I love my job. I love it,” Saban told the SEC Network. “I love the relationships with the players, I love the competition, the preparation for the games. I just love it. I wish you all would ask all the other coaches who come here – because they tell the recruits that I’m going to retire — ask them how they know I’m going to retire if I just think about what I’m going to do when I retire because I love what I’m doing now So how can I be happy are not coaching?”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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