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Is Saban worth every penny? Jerry Kill thinks so

Jerry Kill

The richest man in college football is Alabama head coach Nick Saban. With a contract upgrade last month the head coach of the Crimson Tide will make close to $7 million this year. With so much discussion and debate about providing more for players, rising media rights deals and potential changes coming to cause more of a split in college football’s hierarchy, Alabama has left no doubt the value it places on the head coach of the football program. Some may suggest coaches are paid too much, but Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill thinks Saban is worth every bit of his nearly $7 million contract.

“If somebody said something about coach Saban’s salary, I’d bet he earns every damn dime of it,” Kill said while answering questions for an interview. “He’s under a fishbowl. It’s just the way it is.”

According to Kill, the position of head coach comes with plenty of pressure and attention, as it always has. With today’s expanded coverage of the sport of college football, especially in the southeast region of the country, Saban has plenty of expectations and demands for media coverage hounding him everywhere he goes. But that is why he gets paid the big bucks. That and winning, of course. Alabama has won three BCS titles since he took over the program after a brief stint in the NFL.

“There’s a helluva lot of difference between making suggestions and decisions,” Kill added. “When it becomes public, you know who they are talking about…they are talking about the ol’ ball coach. We are responsible because we are making the big bucks.”

For the sake of comparison, Kill was paid $1.2 million by Minnesota in 2013 according to USA Today’s most recent database of coaching salaries.

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11 Responses to “Is Saban worth every penny? Jerry Kill thinks so”
  1. wareagle1961 says: Jul 10, 2014 12:44 PM

    “Under a fishbowl” ….. I hope this catches on because “in a microscope” failed miserably

  2. barkleyblows says: Jul 10, 2014 1:02 PM

    $7 million for a cheating head coach…. They should start paying players……. Oh wait, they do at Alabama.

  3. timh1955 says: Jul 10, 2014 1:03 PM

    I think he should be at $10M considering his record and everything he has done for the University. The BCS games he consistently takes Bama to more than justify his salary and much more.

  4. wadaea says: Jul 10, 2014 1:21 PM

    WOW 7 mil for a coach that is 0 for 2 in his last two games..imagine what a winner would make….

  5. rolltide510 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:04 PM

    Hang on for a sec CFT commenters –

    /gets popcorn

    Okay, resume with the jealous butt hurt.

  6. vanmorrissey says: Jul 10, 2014 3:30 PM

    Of course, as a fellow head coach, he would say that. What’s he supposed to say, I mean, really? Just like Jim O’Brien (not a dime back!) of UConn, Saban is worth it case closed.

  7. chalkruz1989 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:40 PM

    A successful college program, in the basketball and football sector, for some of these big time Universities does so much more than people think.

    I would love to survey students and find out core reasons why they attend Alabma. Since Nick Saban arrived, ‘Bama has been the highest echelon, continues to challenge for the National Championship and funnel his players into the NFL.

    He has brought in more than his salary for that University in a yearly basis. Have you seen ‘Bama’s facility? These guys workout in facilities that is better than NFL facilities.

  8. imaduffer says: Jul 10, 2014 5:37 PM


    I’ve noticed that you use the term “butt hurt” quite offend. So, I have two question for you. Do you play a banjo and who in the hell is standing behind you?

  9. bridgeh20mvp says: Jul 10, 2014 6:01 PM

    Quite offend? Dude , if you are trying to put someone down in writing especially , you lose all credibility with misspellings, instead of laughing at your retort, all I can think of is how dumb you must be?

  10. dcroz says: Jul 10, 2014 7:59 PM

    While certainly other people also have a lot to do with this, since Saban arrived on campus, The University of Alabama has become one of the hottest schools in the country. An article on yesterday about the makeup of Alabama’s student body stated that every freshman class for the last three years has had a majority of out-of-state students (including 60% last year); that enrollment has increased from just over 20,000 a decade ago to around 34,000 now; and that while a little over 8,000 students applied for freshman admission to the school ten years ago, over 33,000 applied last year. Saban has certainly earned his keep in Tuscaloosa.

  11. imaduffer says: Jul 10, 2014 8:09 PM


    I’ve been called worse, but thanks. It’s also nice to know that you the smartest person in the world.

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