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Bank Roll Tide: Nick Saban agrees to contract extension with Alabama

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The Nick Saban to Texas rumors are now just that, rumors. Reports are surfacing Friday night that Saban has agreed to a contract extension with Alabama.

Cecil Hurt of Tuscaloosa News reports Saban has agreed to a multi-year extension.

According to TideSports.com, the contract is expected to pay Saban between $7 and $7.5 million per year, a nice upgrade from his current $5.4 million in compensation. Saban is already the highest paid coach in the game, and that will continue to be the case. Alabama certainly has invested in Saban, and the commitment has paid off. Alabama has won three BCS titles under Saban and had a good shot to win another this season. As college football moves in to the era of the College Football Playoff, Alabama should be in a good situation more often than not as long as Saban can keep this giant powerhouse moving forward.

Earlier this week Alabama quarterback AJ MCCarron said Saban told him he was not leaving Alabama, but with word of an extension waiting to be signed by Saban the anxiety level for some had begun to rise just a little bit. Whether or not Saban was ever considering leaving Alabama or not is something only Saban and perhaps his agent, Jimmy Sexton, may know for sure. Reports had suggested Saban was investigating the cost of putting together a staff at Texas, but that report will surely be turned aside if Saban is asked about it now.

So Saban’s legacy at Alabama will continue to grow. Despite coming up one bizarre game-ending play away from a return trip to the SEC Championship Game this season, and thus perhaps one play away from a BCS title shot, Saban remains the best coach in college football.

Talks of Saban to Texas as the replacement for Mack Brown had been fun to follow, and perhaps that was part of the play to get the bets possible extension out of Alabama. Alabama likely would have pulled every resource possible to keep Saban in Tuscaloosa, but if the perceived interest from Texas was needed to maximize Saban’s new contract, it certainly worked.

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32 Responses to “Bank Roll Tide: Nick Saban agrees to contract extension with Alabama”
  1. floridacock says: Dec 13, 2013 9:08 PM

    Fun to follow for those who create them maybe. No news, just create some.

  2. canetic says: Dec 13, 2013 9:09 PM

    Nick Saban played both sides and went with the program that gave him the most money? Shocking.

  3. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 9:09 PM

    And the Texas spiral begins. Good luck with that.

  4. tigersfandan says: Dec 13, 2013 9:15 PM

    From coachingsearch.com: “According to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, Nick Saban has agreed to a contract extension to stay at Alabama. AL.com is also reporting it.”

    Ah yes, Kirk Herbstreit. A foremost authority on reporting such matters.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:16 PM

    Wouldn’t wait for Texas to get off the pot. Good for Coach Saban. The arrogance of Texas alumni and administration thinks they can buy anything just backfired.

  6. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 13, 2013 9:18 PM

    SKRILLA!!!!

  7. saints97 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:19 PM

    Now, will the idiot Longwhorn fans post on this thread eating crow after saying it was a done deal? You know who you are.

  8. sallust99 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:21 PM

    #hornslegendsintheirownminds

  9. lsuzilla says: Dec 13, 2013 9:22 PM

    Hey Longhorn fans…..excited about having Mack back?

  10. jzone954 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:24 PM

    Good for him, and them. They will dominate for years. #Go canes

  11. kdbroom says: Dec 13, 2013 9:27 PM

    If he doesn’t have a buyout, which he hasn’t had for a long, long time (dating back at least to his LSU days), then he could still bolt. I’ll believe it when Texas announces Mack will remain, or they announce somebody else as his successor.

  12. afrancis55 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:29 PM

    Good thing saban resigned or else the Alabama state troopers would have their hands full lining the bridges to prevent bama fans from jumping off and being dispatched to trailer parks to prevent wife/children/and or dog beatings!

  13. southernpatriots says: Dec 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    Things will be as they were. No change. Alabama will have Saban. Texas will have….a search for a coach. All is right with the world.

  14. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 9:42 PM

    Really, afrancis55? You may crack up when your coaches change jobs, but we Bama fans coped with losing Bear Bryant. We’d survive with or without Nick.

    suprmous, on the other hand, may lose what’s left of her mind if Saban fails to “slither” away from Alabama as she’s predicted for so so so long.

    Roll Tide :)

  15. jason1214 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:43 PM

    This is SOOO surprising*. Now Texas can get more realistic.
    RTR
    *Not at all

  16. be4bama says: Dec 13, 2013 9:50 PM

    Told you so!!!!! HAHAHAHA

  17. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:04 PM

    I have to admit that I never thought it would happen, then wondered at the delay in signing the extension, and now I think Saban was letting the media go crazy and it took the focus off of the loss.

    Crisper57: where is your “Saban to Texas booster is a done deal” now?

  18. heauxbeaux44 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:12 PM

    Breaking news….Gumps are burning their trailers celebrating in tuskeyloser,al….

  19. thetooloftools says: Dec 13, 2013 10:16 PM

    I don’t believe a word of it. Where is Mrs. Saban and if she went to Texas, it was only to get a better deal from Bama.
    Was this he deal that has been sitting on his desk or not?

  20. kdbroom says: Dec 13, 2013 10:39 PM

    I still think there’s soothing going on behind the scenes….like Mack Brown stepping down after the bowl, and Saban taking over….or an agreement to let Mack coach one more year, followed by Saban replacing him.

  21. be4bama says: Dec 13, 2013 10:43 PM

    O PLEASE!!!! kdbroom are you serious?

  22. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 13, 2013 10:53 PM

    Wow!!! If Auburn Finish The Drill and win This NC. It would have Cost us and Eighth of the price to win 2 in 4yrs as it did for BAMA to Win 3 in 4yrs! Now that’s Hilarious. The Heist continues.

    WDE

  23. catfanatic1979v1 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:21 PM

    Saban is just using Alabama as leverage. Now Texas has to pay a big buyout for this contract and offer more yearly salary.

  24. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 13, 2013 11:29 PM

    Auburn is a fluke. What the hell are you talking about?

  25. BrownsTown says: Dec 13, 2013 11:36 PM

    Best thing to happen in Alabama since……..NASA?

  26. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:43 PM

    Auburn also has a three win season in the mix. And two iron bowls with out an offensive touchdown. Your having a great year, but how did you follow up the last title you won?

    Your post only furthers the country’s view of you as little brothers trying to get daddy’s attention. On Dec 13, 2013 9:53 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ebrownwareagle commented: “Wow!!! If Auburn Finish The Drill and win > This NC. It would have Cost us and Eighth of the price to win 2 in 4yrs as > it did for BAMA to Win 3 in 4yrs! Now that’s Hilarious. The Heist > continues. WDE”

  27. realfootballfan says: Dec 14, 2013 12:09 AM

    Remember 10 years ago when coaches were being paid around $2 million? Remember about 10 years ago when the basketblal coaches made more than the football coaches?

  28. 1historian says: Dec 14, 2013 8:33 AM

    remember when people were able to spell?

  29. kdbroom says: Dec 14, 2013 9:48 AM

    “I will not be the next coach at Alabama.”

  30. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 10:27 AM

    Lol, you left out the fact your still paying for gene as well. Your paying two coaches and Saban still has the most titles in state. Also add Cam and Cecil’s payments. Auburn fans always looking up to big brother. On Dec 13, 2013 9:53 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ebrownwareagle commented: “Wow!!! If Auburn Finish The Drill and win > This NC. It would have Cost us and Eighth of the price to win 2 in 4yrs as > it did for BAMA to Win 3 in 4yrs! Now that’s Hilarious. The Heist > continues. WDE”

  31. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 1:28 PM

    BrownsTown says:

    Best thing to happen in Alabama since……..NASA?

    ————————————————
    Perspective, BrownsTown. Hiring Nick was the best thing to happen to Crimson Tide football since Mama called.

  32. jjsooner says: Dec 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    Like I said before, this was a non-story from the beginning. Saban has much better sense than to go into that sinkhole. The gig he has now is just fine and he’s making a boatload of money. He also has a great deal of control which he would NEVER have had at UT. Too many boosters who think their way is the best way and blah, blah blah.

    I can hear the shorthorns weeping untrollably.

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