Coaches hunt big cash on ti­tle week­end

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Steve Berkowitz

What’s the best way to re­ward the man who makes more money than any coach in col­lege sports?

Give him the op­por­tu­nity to make even more money, of course.

That’s what Alabama did this sum­mer as part of a new con­tract with Nick Sa­ban, who heads into Satur­day’s South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship foot­ball game with a chance to have the great­est in­cen­tive-bonus haul of his Crim­son Tide ca­reer.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing Sa­ban with $8.3 mil­lion in ba­sic an­nual com­pen­sa­tion this sea­son, the agree­ment in­creased his max­i­mum an­nual bonus pay­out to $1.1 mil­lion from the $700,000 ceil­ing that had been in place since he be­gan work­ing for Alabama in 2007.

All of the in­crease came in the amount Sa­ban can get for win­ning the na­tional cham­pi­onship, which now stands at $800,000. The pay­outs for lower lev­els of success in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off sys­tem also were in­creased. Sa­ban al­ready has se­cured $165,000 in bonuses, and, re­ally, it’s $275,000 be­cause it seems in­con­ceiv­able that Alabama (12-0) would be left out of all six bowl games af­fil­i­ated with the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off even if it loses to Ge­or­gia on Satur­day.

He would bump his to­tal to $525,000 by win­ning on Satur­day.

He gets $50,000 for win­ning the SEC ti­tle, in ad­di­tion to the $75,000 he’s got­ten for the team reach­ing the ti­tle game.

And he gets $400,000 if Alabama plays in a Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off semi­fi­nal, rather than lesser amounts he would get if the team played in a nonCol­lege Foot­ball Play­off bowl game or a Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off non-semi­fi­nal.

Each sub­se­quent vic­tory would give Sa­ban an­other $200,000.

But head coaches aren’t the only ones ben­e­fit­ing as cham­pi­onships, bowl in­vi­ta­tions and Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off bids are de­ter­mined. Bonuses also will be go­ing to as­sis­tant coaches and other ath­let­ics ad­min­is­tra­tors and staff mem­bers.

Be­low are de­tails of bonuses achieved and avail­able to head coaches whose teams are in con­tention for the CFP semi­fi­nals, based on doc­u­ments ob­tained by USA TO­DAY.

Brian Kelly’s con­tract with Notre Dame, a pri­vate school, was not avail­able.

❚ Alabama’s Nick Sa­ban Has …

❚ $90,000: Play in Cit­rus, Out­back, TaxSlayer Ga­tor, Mu­sic City, Texas, Belk or Lib­erty bowls

❚ $75,000: Play in SEC ti­tle game Can get …

❚ $50,000: Win SEC ti­tle game One of the fol­low­ing:

❚ $110,000: Play in CFP non-semi­fi­nal

❚ $310,000: Play in CFP semi­fi­nal

❚ $510,000: Play in CFP ti­tle game

❚ $710,000: Win CFP ti­tle

❚ Clem­son’s Dabo Swin­ney Has …

❚ $50,000: Play in non-CFP bowl game with at least eight reg­u­lar-sea­son wins

❚ $50,000: Play in Con­fer­ence ti­tle game Can get …

❚ $150,000: Win ACC ti­tle One of the fol­low­ing

❚ $50,000: Play in CFP non-semi­fi­nal

❚ $150,000: Play in CFP semi­fi­nal

❚ $200,000: Play in CFP ti­tle game

❚ $250,000: Win CFP ti­tle

❚ Ge­or­gia’s Kirby Smart Has …

❚ $100,000: Play in SEC ti­tle game

❚ $75,000: Play in Out­back, TaxSlayer Ga­tor, Mu­sic City, Texas, Belk or Lib­erty bowls Can get …

❚ $125,000: Win SEC ti­tle One of the fol­low­ing:

❚ $25,000: Play in Cit­rus Bowl

❚ $100,000: Play in CFP non-semi­fi­nal

❚ $175,000: Play in CFP semi­fi­nal

❚ $425,000: Play in CFP ti­tle game At­lantic Coast

❚ $625,000: Wins CFP ti­tle

❚ Ok­la­homa’s Lin­coln Ri­ley Has …

❚ $25,000: Play game

❚ $50,000: Play in Big 12 ti­tle game Can get …

❚ $25,000: Win Big 12 ti­tle One of the fol­low­ing:

❚ $50,000: Play in a CFP-af­fil­i­ated game

❚ $100,000: Win a CFP non-semi­fi­nal

❚ $150,000: Play in CFP ti­tle game

❚ $250,000: Win CFP ti­tle

❚ Ohio State’s Ur­ban Meyer Has …

❚ $50,000: Big Ten East champ Can get …

❚ $100,000: Win Big Ten ti­tle game One of the fol­low­ing:

❚ $200,000: Play in CFP non-semi­fi­nal

❚ $250,000: Play in CFP semi­fi­nal

❚ $350,000: Play in CFP ti­tle game For all coaches, this does not take into ac­count con­tin­gen­cies that could al­ter or pre­vent pay­ment of bonuses (i.e. aca­demic achieve­ment, coach’s de­par­ture, fu­ture in­ves­ti­ga­tions and/or sanc­tions). Does not in­clude bonuses for coach­ing hon­ors, team aca­demics/ cit­i­zen­ship/com­mu­nity ser­vice, or the value of tick­ets and perks tied to par­tic­i­pa­tion in post­sea­son games. in non-CFP bowl Divi­sion

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