Alabama's Saban becomes highest paid coach at $5.3 million

The Sports Xchange

Alabama football coach Nick Saban could have left after leading the Crimson Tide to a second national title in three years, but opted to finish his career in Tuscaloosa.

Saban officially received a raise and a two-year contract extension that brings him through Jan. 31, 2020 on Tuesday, and became the highest-paid college football coach after a raise that will pay him about $5.3 million a year.

The university's board of trustees approved the extension that will pay Saban $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that. He'll earn $5.97 million in 2019.

"From my standpoint, the acceptance of this extension represents our commitment ... to the University of Alabama for the rest of our career," Saban told reporters. "We made that decision after the season when other people were interested."

Saban said he had been courted by other teams, but declined to say who.

"It doesn't really matter," Saban said. "We wanted to stay at Alabama. We're staying at Alabama and we're not interested in going anyplace else. We weren't interested in going anyplace else at the end of the season, so it really doesn't matter."

Saban earns more than Mack Brown of Texas ($5.2 million) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops ($4.875 million).

The Tide is 48-6 over the past four seasons. The Tide has won the national championship in 2009 and 2011. Before he arrived, Alabama hadn't won a national title since the 1992 season.

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