Nick Saban

Raise pushes Saban to top spot on coaching pay scale


UPDATED 5:49 p.m. ET: As it turns out, Nick Saban will indeed be the highest-paid football coach in the country in 2012.

According to the amended contract, Saban will be paid a “talent fee” of $5,071,666.66 plus a base salary of $245,000, which means his total base compensation for the 2012 season will be just over $5.3 million.

That total will trump Mack Brown, who was the highest-paid coach in 2011 but will make just over $5.2 million from Texas this year.


UPDATED 4:26 p.m. ET: The Birmingham News is reporting that Nick Saban will actually earn $5.3 million in the first year of his amended deal, which would in fact make him the highest-paid coach in college football.

We’re currently attempting to figure out from where the $200K discrepency comes.


Over the weekend we opined that it would be a no-brainer to make the best college football coach in the country the highest paid at his craft as well.

Monday afternoon, Alabama announced something just short of that.

The University of Alabama Systems board of trustees met Monday to consider contract amendments for head coach Nick Saban and seven of his assistants, as well as the contracts of two new offseason coaching hires.  And, to the surprise of almost no one, Saban was on the receiving end of a raise coming off another BcS title, albeit not as significant of a pay bump as some would’ve thought was deserved.

According to the terms of his amended contract, Saban will earn just under $5.1 million million in 2012, up from $4.8 million in 2011.  Texas’ Mack Brown will remain the highest-paid coach in the game after pulling in $5.2 million in 2011.

Saban, entering his sixth season with the Tide, will receive a $50,000 raise following the 2012 season, followed by annual raises of $100,000 through the life of the contract.  The deal would top out at around $5.7 million provided there are no further enhancements.

Saban’s amended contract was also extended by two years, meaning the 60-year-old is now signed through the 2019 season.

We’ll have additional details on Saban’s new contract as well as the amendments made to his assistants as they become available.  In the meantime, take a shot at the poll below, and offer your thoughts in the comments section below that.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.