Report: Nick Saban in contract extension talks with Alabama
Already the highest-paid coach in college football, Saban is in contract extension talks with Alabama, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports. Brandt says the extension could pay Saban in the $7 million-per-year range.
According to USA Today, Saban made $5.55 million this season. The next closest earner is Mack Brown at $5.45 million. Ironically, it could be Brown’s status at Texas that gets Saban his huge raise.
Brown’s job status has been in question since he started the season 1-2 and got rolled by BYU and Ole Miss. The Longhorns are 8-4, which marks the fourth-straight disappointing season for Brown since leading Texas to a title game loss to Saban’s Crimson Tide in the 2009 season.
Saban’s agent actually talked with Texas after Alabama won the national championship game in January and expressed to some of the school’s representatives that that was the only job he’d consider leaving Bama for.
Reports are saying Brown will step down at Texas, though Brown’s agent denies that is the case. Saban may not leave Bama to replace Brown, but the threat of him leaving is enough to get him a raise.