Coach Sa­ban to make $11.1M this year

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JOHN ZENOR

MONT­GOMERY, ALA. — Alabama is giv­ing coach Nick Sa­ban plenty of in­cen­tive to stick around — and to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion in the first place.

Univer­sity trustees on Tues­day ap­proved a three-year ex­ten­sion through the 2024 sea­son that could pay Sa­ban at least $65 mil­lion over the next eight years. Sa­ban will make $11.125 mil­lion this year, count­ing a $4 mil­lion sign­ing bonus and a $400,000 com­ple­tion bonus.

The 65-year-old Sa­ban, who has led Alabama to four na­tional ti­tles in the past seven sea­sons, said the ex­ten­sion en­sures “our time here in Tuscaloosa will con­tinue for many more years.”

“This has be­come our home and we are look­ing for­ward to fin­ish­ing our ca­reer at Alabama,” he said in a state­ment.

Sa­ban, who won the 2013 BCS ti­tle at LSU, and Bear Bryant are the only coaches to win five na­tional cham­pi­onships in the AP poll era dat­ing back to 1936. In Jan­uary, Alabama lost to Clem­son in the cham­pi­onship game after win­ning its fourth South­east­ern Con­fer­ence ti­tle in five years and third straight.

Sa­ban will get up to $7.2 mil­lion in an­nual com­ple­tion bonuses, with half of that due after the 2021 sea­son. His base salary and “tal­ent fee” will be $6.725 mil­lion each year, a slight de­crease more than made up for through the bonuses.

It was the big-money deal among a num­ber ap­proved Tues­day by the trustees’ com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee in a con­fer­ence call.

The trustees also ap­proved a fiveyear deal for new ath­letic di­rec­tor Greg Byrne and raises for his as­sis­tants. Byrne will make $900,000 a year, with $25,000 an­nual raises start­ing next year.

New of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Brian Daboll will make $1.2 mil­lion an­nu­ally un­der his three-year deal. De­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Jeremy Pruitt’s new three-year con­tract is worth $4.2 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $100,000 raises each year.

Alabama gave Sa­ban an eightyear deal worth $6.9 mil­lion an­nu­ally in 2014. That marked a $1.3 mil­lion raise.

Michi­gan’s Jim Har­baugh is mak­ing $7 mil­lion a year, in­clud­ing a $2mil­lion an­nual life in­sur­ance pre­mium.

The Tide has won dou­ble-digit games for nine straight sea­sons and made each of the first three Col­lege Foot­ball Play­offs.

“It is an ex­cit­ing day when we can an­nounce that the best foot­ball coach in the country has agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion,” Byrne said. “Be­fore I came to Alabama, I was al­ways im­pressed with Coach Sa­ban and how he ran his pro­gram. After be­ing here and see­ing first-hand the job that he does, I’ve come away even more im­pressed.

“Coach Sa­ban has ob­vi­ously won a lot of foot­ball games and cham­pi­onships, but he has also done an out­stand­ing job when it comes to aca­demics and com­mu­nity ser­vice. I don’t think you can mea­sure the pos­i­tive im­pact he and (wife) Ms. Terry have made over the last decade. We look for­ward to work­ing with them for many years to come.”

Univer­sity pres­i­dent Stu­art R. Bell said Alabama’s suc­cess in foot­ball un­der Sa­ban has helped the school over­all.

“It is truly re­mark­able when you look at what Coach Sa­ban has ac­com­plished here over the last decade and how the suc­cess of the foot­ball pro­gram has raised the over­all pro­file of our in­sti­tu­tion,” Bell said. “Those ac­com­plish­ments are not just on the field, as he has also done an out­stand­ing job em­pha­siz­ing aca­demics and char­ac­ter devel­op­ment with our stu­dent-ath­letes.”

Out­side lineback­ers coach Tosh Lupoi got the big­gest raise among the other as­sis­tants, a $400,000 pay in­crease to $950,000.


Nick Sa­ban, left, speaks with Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick dur­ing Alabama’s pro day in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in March.

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