Posted December 13, 2013

Nick Saban agrees to sign multi-year contract extension to stay at Alabama

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Nick Saban has agreed to sign a multi-year contract extension to stay at Alabama. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Amid rampant speculation that he was poised to head to Texas, Alabama coach Nick Saban will stay exactly where he is. The Crimson Tide’s athletic department confirmed that Saban has reached a long-term agreement to remain with ‘Bama. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit first reported the news. Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News quickly backed it up.

Rumors surrounding Saban potentially leaving for the Longhorns had surfaced several times in recent weeks, though no definite details ever emerged. Saban’s wife, Terry, told The Wall Street Journal in November that they planned to stay in Tuscaloosa.

Some reports said Terry Saban had been house hunting in Austin. Asked if the report was accurate, Terry Saban called them “rumors with absolutely no foundation.”

“We’re staying,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

Saban is 74-14 (43-10 SEC) in seven years as ‘Bama’s head coach and has won three of the last four national championships. The Tide are set to play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 after completing an 11-1 regular season.

The news of Saban’s extension broke minutes before Mack Brown was scheduled to speak at Texas’ annual football banquet. It also dampens the excitement of certain websites like this.

As always, the Twitterverse weighed in:

59 comments
riley8
riley8

If someone offered you a better job which pays more and is better for your family you would jump in a heartbeat, but a great coach does it and it's a problem?  Remove your head from your rear hypocrites.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again people wonder why college football is so out of control, and i've seen some people post bo pelini might head to austin, no nebraska is stuck with him, because his buyout is the same ammount of what saban's extension is

heardhimsay
heardhimsay

"At least we know that Nick Saban is a man of his word.  Anyone who thinks he would ever not mean what he says or ever change his mind is insane.  It is nothing but speculation on your part to think anything otherwise.  If he says he is staying, we know that his is going to stay at Alabama."


Signed,

LSU & Miami Dolphins

rskins09
rskins09

Better your football program, the more blue chip players want to play there ...Just because Ala. won these NCAA  championships doesn't  mean their doing anything illegal ....Same thing when Bear Bryant was the coach ...Great coaches, great program attract great HS players ...Did Bud Wilkinson  cheat years ago when coach at OU ? ..No way ...

MarcoZ
MarcoZ

Saban has been the most successful coach in college football.  But how can any university justify paying any coach over $7,000,000?

StevieRayHubcap
StevieRayHubcap

Here's how this worked: First of all, Jimmy Sexton is a sleazy snake who just played the Texas hierarchy for fools on the national stage of media frenzy. If Saban had truly been interested in the Texas job, he'd be unpacking in Austin right now. But he wasn't, and one of the main reasons is the very fact that UT fans thought gave them the unbeatable edge: Austin itself. It was ballyhooed all week long that Austin is bigger than Tuscaloosa, more metropolitan than Tuscaloosa, more 'progressive' (socially liberal) than Tuscaloosa--all things that Terry Saban despised about Miami. If she had been happy there, Nick would still be in Miami. The other big reason is that UT is a viper den of arrogant billionaires who publicly crowed that what money wasn't in the Vatican was in Austin, and that there was NO QUESTION that Nick could be bought--all the while overlooking that he took a substantial pay cut to come to Alabama from Miami.

This drama was engineered by Sexton to get Saban a blockbuster retirement contract. He told Saban not to sing the current Bama offer, and to keep his mouth shut. He told someone at UT Saban might be interested. But Saban didn't say it, or Brown would be gone already. But this whole mess--UT made it happen, so thank you, short-sighted, arrogant billionaires. UT made it happen in part because Brown got comfortable after winning his Crystal, and allowed things to backslide a little. The billionaires got unhappy, and started grumbling a few years ago. Sexton knew that if he was going to have leverage to get Bama off of truly big $, it had to come with a credible threat. Would Saban and Sexton asking Bama for $7M get it without negotiation? No. They'd try to get him to settle for $6M (just about what they offered). Would rumors getting out that Saban might leave for Oklahoma scare Bama? Nebraska? Even Notre Dame? No--they're all too poor to back up the threat at the bank. There was only one place Sexton could call and drop a little bug on someone, knowing it would get out, because those arrogant SOB's can't help themselves, only place that--as we are told daily--could truly afford almost any amount (regardless of wealth, those 4 NCs look pretty lame). Bama got scared, and instead of offering $6M, they came off $7M+.

The losers are the UT fans and Mack Brown.

Sexton's a snake, but he's Saban's snake.

And neither one are going anywhere for a good while.

Soonermike1
Soonermike1

Ok, Ok, this Clown has re-signed or whatever.  Now the NCAA needs to find out what is happening at Alabama.  How they recruit, how do they get these mega players, what is the incentive,   This would be a great assignment to an investigative reporter who wants to expose some corruption.  I would trust Saban about as far as I could throw an Elephant.  Come on you Bama Pukes start up you illiterate Rant.

BigRedMachine
BigRedMachine

This means nothing. We know Saban's record on honoring contracts.

jarobertson
jarobertson

Saban and his agent did something no one alive today could have achieved. Keep Auburn's name out of the news for over a week.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Sabans would like to thank the media for their valuable help in securing their new contract, special thanks to University of Texas

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

A waste of money if there was ever one.... for Once the football world saw Saban when he had to coach and the guy look like a novice... a clown making calls on the sideline... These football A.D's  needs to understand , its not the coaching... screw the big name once you recruit your school will be fine... its just like these stupid baseball teams signing those broken down losers to 10 year contracts...

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

So, this means that Jim Harbaugh is going to Texas, right?

At least that's what the sportswriters will be telling us until he signs his extension.

Roy1
Roy1

Is 'Bama going to have money left to offer a scholarship to a kicker?

ianlinross
ianlinross

Jimmy Sexton is one shrewd dude. Great strategy.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@riley8 

Wow, strong words for a completely phony analogy.

Most of us aren't signing contracts to be paid high-seven-figures to become the face of an organization.  Saban did.  

Ordinary people in ordinary-paying jobs for whom there is no top-down loyalty have moral rights that guys like Saban don't. 

Kevin20
Kevin20

@heardhimsayYou went there before I could. Those were my thoughts exactly.


A 'Fins Fan.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

@rskins09  coach doesnt have to, its called boosters.  if you dont think it happens everywhere, well then , heres your sign

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

@MarcoZ 

He brings in 10 fold what they pay him to UA. He is actually UNDERPAID for what he generates. 

PLUS...Look what they pay him and then look at A&M and Aubarns coaches pay. They should not be even close to what they pay Coach Saban...Had they not paid him more, those to would be right up there with him,yet he as $ NC (3 w/ UA). THOSE TWO are over paid, Saban? Not.

As a third generation UA graduate, I will tell you they can pay him 10 million a year and he would be worth every bit of it. We will still donate to the University. PLUS he is paid out of athletics ONLY. and has increased its revenue ten times what it was since he arrived.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@MarcoZ 

Don't knock it man.  This is amateur athletics, and guys like Saban are all that's good about School and Team and the State and the whole darn Universe.


/sarc off/

rskins09
rskins09

@MarcoZ     Do the math ...Look at the revenue coming in  VS  expenses ...BTW, Texas is the wealthiest  University --- they have oil wells on their campus in Austin ..Then add in  the football  revenue  ... Presto -- you're rich  ... 

osuguppy
osuguppy

@StevieRayHubcapBest comment I read. It's well known fact that Saban's wife hated Miami, with the reasons you stated. Whether that's why she would've disliked Austin is debatable.. well not really b/c they're staying at 'Bama.

I know this much, UT and all their entitlement are flocking to the local HEB to buy plenty of whine to wash down that big meal of crow and humble pie!

doghockey
doghockey

@StevieRayHubcapNice work attempting to pass yourself off as an insider.  In the end, though, nothing but a nice collection of hot air.

StevieRayHubcap
StevieRayHubcap

@Soonermike1This "Clown" is about to use your Sooners to show just how good his very mad team is. The NCAA is well aware of what goes on at Bama. Perhaps no other team in America is as closely scrutinized because of the things that went on there in the 90's and early 2000's. How they recruit: proven winners attract proven players. How they get the mega players, what is the incentive: massive rookie contracts and 1st-round pick status coming out of a nationally-acknowledged traditional powerhouse...like OU USED to be.

We don't care how far you can throw an elephant, but the nation will watch the Crimson Elephant demonstrate how far it can throw your Conestoga.

As to your taunt towards Bama fans' imagined illiteracy, allow this former Alabama English major (1978) to caution you in the words of Eric Clapton: "Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself." Let's do, shall we? You said, verbatim (um, that means word-for-word, uncorrected), the following:

"Come on you Bama Pukes start up you illiterate rant." Letter grade "F," numerical score 0. You screwed that up every way possible. Corrected, your sentence should read, "Come on (,) you Bama (p)ukes (,) start up you(r) illiterate (r)ant." 5 grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors in a 10-word sentence.

You illiterate Western Flyer Little Red Wagon puller, you.

Donkey.


jarobertson
jarobertson

I believe SI and ESPN are national news outlets. And you offered your comment on a national news outlet. Pretzel logic.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawlerA waste of money? Why don't you google "Nick Saban's impact on the university of alabama's revenue"  They could pay him 25 million a year and he would be worth it.

As for your views on his coaching ability, google 2009, 2011 and 2012 National Champion.  Do you realize how unintelligent your post is?

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@Roy1  the freshman they have  routinely hits em from 60 yards out in practice was recruited with a scholarship. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Roy1 You have to think that is the first thing on their Christmas list, don't you.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@ianlinrossWhat was so shrewd? This was just common sense. See what the offer is and get Bama to match it.  As for Bama it would be common sense for them not to let Saban walk.  Any coach that wins 3 NC's in 4 years (and who Vegas still recognizes as the best team today) should do exactly the same thing.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@ianlinross You have to wonder how many extra millions the house hunting story got Saban.

jarobertson
jarobertson

I will offer some advice. When you're in a hole, stop digging.