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Coaching Changes Daily: Bama wants to keep Saban highest-paid

Nick Saban -- reported salary of $5.62 million -- might be in line for a raise at Alabama. (USATSI)
Nick Saban -- reported salary of $5.62 million -- might be in line for a raise at Alabama. (USATSI)

Alabama approached Nick Saban's camp before the Auburn game last month, interested in reworking his contract, a well-placed University of Alabama official with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.

The approach was not in response to speculation about Saban's rumored interest in the Texas job, speculation that was re-ignited amid Tuesday's reports suggesting the end is near for Mack Brown in Austin. According to the source, Alabama is prepared to keep Saban as the country's highest-paid coach.

"He's been at the top of the market and we want to keep it that way," the source said.

That might require a raise from his reported salary of $5.62 million, if Texas pursues the coach with three national titles in five seasons.

In April, the Alabama board of trustees enhanced Saban's bonus structure to accommodate next year's college football playoff. Saban makes $200,000 for reaching the semifinal, $300,000 for reaching the championship game and $400,000 for winning the title game. Saban's base pay remained relatively intact, however, a move made to help bolster the pay of assistant coaches.

Saban to Texas is the story that won't die, persisting for the past month despite several denials from Saban himself. Saban's wife, Terry, told the Wall Street Journal the family is staying in Tuscaloosa.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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