TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
Alabama's extending Nick Saban's contract by two years, while defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is now making almost seven figures.
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has a newly extended contract, according to Michael Casagrande. The new deal moves the end of his contract all the way out to 2020, with an automatic $50,000 raise after this year and $100,000 raises every year after that. At that rate, he'll be a $6 million man at some point. John Zenor has more figures:
Alabama extends coach Nick Saban's contract through 2020. He'll be making $5.3 mil this year, up to just shy of $6 mil in 2019.— John Zenor (@jzenor) March 26, 2012
His highly sought defensive coordinator also gets a raise, while the new guy offensive coordinator holds steady:
Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart gets $950,000 a year, up 100 grand. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier must get by on $590,000.— John Zenor (@jzenor) March 26, 2012
Saban is 55-12 in five seasons with the Tide, including two national championships and two SEC Coach of the Year awards. He has three titles overall and has made the SEC Championship Game five times. His team also recruits the nation's best class pretty much every year, with a shot at doing it again this time around. Ho-hum.
Thus, any worries about Saban bolting for the NFL are kind of unfounded, as the SEC will probably be a 32-team conference with teams in Boston and San Diego anyway by 2020, right?