Nick Saban gets a pay raise. What else is new?

Nick Saban has won a lot of games at Alabama (74, to be exact) since he arrived at the SEC school in 2007.

He’s been among college football’s best paid coaches in that time, too. His first contract after arriving from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins was an eye-catching eight-year, $32 million deal that now just sounds insulting.

Saban, 62, was going to make $5.5 million for the upcoming season under a deal he signed two years ago that had been set to run through Jan. 31, 2020.

On Tuesday, the University of Alabama System board of trustees, unanimously approved a pay package that will reward Saban with $6.9 million dollars over the next eight seasons (that is, until he gets another extension).

Sources: Figures gathered from reports and USA Today database on coaches pay.

Winning three national championships in four seasons does have its benefits.

33 comments Add your comment


June 4th, 2014
8:34 am

thats chump change for alabama-saban makes the school 50 million per year–he should demand a cut of the profits!

Dan Ronan

June 4th, 2014
8:47 am

$7 million for Saban, SEC schools split $280 million in revenue, 20 million each in profit sharing. Nope, college athletes are amateurs and shouldn’t get paid. This doesn’t just border on obscene, it is.


June 4th, 2014
8:49 am

Where’s the multiple AJC articles about the UGA’s coachs salary/raises? I guess the AJC reporters are swamped with the stories of that talent leaving Jawja. Don’t worry UGA, you can still watch your team next year, it’s just that they will be wearing Louisville or Auburn uniforms.


June 4th, 2014
8:50 am

College players should not get paid. That is what the NFL, CFL is for. Not one of these players would make it to the pros from high school so they get many benefits for attending college.

Dick Martin

June 4th, 2014
8:59 am

Yep, student athletes are really getting hosed. Not only should they receive paychecks, but with every paycheck, they should also receive free, Get Outta Jail Cards.

Jack Mehoff

June 4th, 2014
9:02 am

If Emmert ever leaves the NCAA he will become drastically overpaid.

His biggest value is he allows a school that cheats like Columbian Cartels deal drugs to operate with total immunity. Bear Bryant had that advantage as well with Walter Byers.


June 4th, 2014
9:32 am

It almost makes you forget what all Universities are there for. I wonder how it makes the top professors at Alabama feel to know that the football coach makes many many times more than they do.


June 4th, 2014
9:39 am

Gee… I think I need ** A SECOND ** to wrap my mind around this.


Oh, my Lord in Heaven…. WAR EAGLE.


June 4th, 2014
9:58 am

A tenured professor has more job security than any person on the planet, while an SEC football coach has less job security than a Barnes and Noble employee.


June 4th, 2014
10:06 am

If I were a professor at U of A, I would be very happy about this. Alabama’s investment in Nick Saban has provided more dividends than perhaps any other decision that’s ever been made at the University. Aside from the amount of wealth he’s created for the University, which filters it’s way, directly and indirectly, to the professors through higher salaries and better facilities, but it’s also created a larger pool of applicants applying to the school. As crazy as it may seem, Alabama is attracting applicants (and it’s not all meat heads) from all over the country, due to its football publicity under Saban. This increased competition among applicants has raised the bar for entering students.


June 4th, 2014
10:19 am

I seen Forrest Gump 53 times. It’s my fav-o-rite movie!


June 4th, 2014
10:47 am

I guess when you look at people like Jamie Dimon, Saban really doesn’t make all that much.


June 4th, 2014
11:05 am

Everybody makes money except the athletes. Sabin is a great coach but without the players UA would be a bush league program.

moist dawg

June 4th, 2014
11:16 am

i almost threw up when i saw this i wonder how much of that he has to give to the bag men. thats a lot of money to pay for a bunch of wins that will be eventully vacated anyways.


June 4th, 2014
11:28 am

$7,000,000 / $100,000 = 70

So, if a professor is making $100,000/yr Saban would be worth 70 of them. Talk about incentives for kids today, it’s no wonder they’re all playing ball in the streets.


June 4th, 2014
11:48 am

And tuition will increase by how much this year?


June 4th, 2014
12:21 pm

Its funny when Bama was paying Shula half of what they other big SEC’s schools were paying there coaches there were no issues. As far as Saban’s total value. Alabama had over 30K applications for this fall and will have over 6,500 freshmen of which over 60% are out of state. I would say the professors there are very happy with the growth of their campus and the fact that Saban is a major factor in that.


June 4th, 2014
12:23 pm

Saban has zero impact on tuition in fact after Saban’s arrival Bama’s has the largest surplus of funding back to the campus. If anything Saban is helping reduce the cost of tuition.


June 4th, 2014
1:24 pm

As always Dawggies and AJC………we appreciate your continued interest in our program.


June 4th, 2014
1:28 pm

University professors are smart enough to know that they and Saban are in different industries. They teach university level classes, and Saban runs an entertainment company associated with the University. None of the professors can demand that kind of money and expect to get it. Saban in his role raises tons of money for the Athletic fund, and he can demand the money.

Also, let’s face it. Alabama like the rest of the NCAA can only spend the athletic money in just a few ways. Currently they can’t pay their athletes so most SEC schools focus on providing the best atmosphere they can for their scholar athletes. When the five power conferences can start setting their own rules, expect football players to be given some of the cash. Say they expand scholarships to 100 per school, and pay players $5k per year. That’s only half a million and the players will be able to afford to wash their clothes.


June 4th, 2014
1:36 pm

It cost money to make money and the investment in Nick is nothing to what he brings to the U of A.

Cry Me a River


June 4th, 2014
2:19 pm

This isn’t exactly news. It’s his “Please don’t go to Texas” salary bump they promised him last year.


June 4th, 2014
2:24 pm

Saban’s already proved he’s not a NFL coach, only Alabama is dumb enough to pay him like one.


June 4th, 2014
3:01 pm

Pay that man his money! 3 national titles in 4 years and the no. 1 ranked recruiting class 6 years in a row from the rankings. Rollllllllll Tide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 4th, 2014
3:35 pm

I think he’s worth every million. The guy is great. While I’m a Dawg, and love our coach, I think Saban is great. Those dudes at espn all get all over Saban, yet they thought he should have taken big bucks to move to Texas A&M. He’s great, he should stay at Bama, and he should be paid a lot more than 7 mill.

Tony Geinzer

June 4th, 2014
4:35 pm

I think Nick Saban would at least win 8 Wins in an 11 Win Season or 10 in a 12 Win Season to see Happy Returns. I know I feel the College Student and Student Athlete Reform should go arm in arm, not apart, because I feel an 11 Game Season Return needs to happen. I think Alabama is married to the Contract the same way Texas is still married to Mack Brown’s Services, despite him not being coach anymore and the arresting fall in marquee without Mack Brown in Texas Football.


June 4th, 2014
5:07 pm

UA is a world class research institution. Any coach would be fortunate enough to coach there.


June 4th, 2014
6:29 pm

the man is paid to win…and he does…this is how capitalism works…no beef from me…go dogs


June 4th, 2014
6:35 pm

Frankly, I’m happy for the Alabama folks, as how truly exciting it must be every fall EXPECTING to seriously compete for a national title versus hoping to like every other team in the SEC and the country, for that matter. As a Georgia native, I pull for all Georgia teams, as to be perfectly honest, if I were to criticize Saban or Alabama it would most be envy or jealousy driven from a win/loss perspective, even though I am much more proud of a Mark Richt as a man, husband and father than I would ever be of a Nick Saban.

Further, let’s be even more honest. What else on earth does the state of Alabama have going for it? Absolutely nothing! Who on earth that doesn’t live there has any desire to start a career or move there? Have you ever heard of anyone saying “when I retire I am moving to Alabama.” So, let them have their previous mythical championships as, starting this year, from my viewpoint all of those voted on championships are now rendered toothless and henceforth a true NCAA Football Champion will be crowned for the first time in January, 2015.

Troy Brooks

June 4th, 2014
6:47 pm

When I retire, I’m moving to Alabama.


June 4th, 2014
7:01 pm

“Have you ever heard of anyone saying ‘when I retire I am moving to Alabama.’” Fairhope, AL is ranked by Money Magazine as the 14th best place to retire in the country.

big daddy

June 5th, 2014
12:36 pm

i don’t like Saban, Alabama, or Auburn. But Orange Beach is pretty nice.


June 5th, 2014
5:51 pm

Nick’s won 3 titles in 5 years, — he deserves NFL type money—8-10 million—alabama will win the title again this year–book it!