Saban's Contract Extended Two Years

One can guess that there wasn't a lot of discussion when The University of Alabama Board of Trustees Compensation Committee met Monday to discuss the contracts of Crimson Tide Football Coach Nick Saban and his staff. Someone may have said, "Pass me the rubber stamp, please." And who could blame them for rushing to get Saban signed up for a couple more years?

Alabama has taken steps to retain what is generally regarded as the finest head coach and best coaching staff in college football.

Nick Saban's contract was extended from through the 2017 season to through the 2019 season (officially, from January 31, 2018, to January 31, 2020).

Saban's base salary was tweaked a bit to $245,000 per year with the big part – the talent fee – going from $5,071,666.67 this year (February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013) to $5,721,666.67 through the year ending January 31, 2020.

Previously Saban received a $50,000 bonus to one of the recognized coach of the year awards (Bryant, Associated Press, American Football Coaches, and Walter Camp), and that was amended to include the Bobby Bowden Award (which Saban won for the second time last year) and any other nationally recognized coach of the year awards.

Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart had a year added to his contract, putting it through the 2014 season, and received a raise from $850,000 to $950,000 per year.

Two new coaches had their contracts ratified. New Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier has a three-year contract (through the 2014 season) at $590,000 per year. Linebacker Coach Lance Thompson has a two-year contract at $375,000 per year.

Other coaches had an additional year added to their conracts (putting them through the 2013 season) with raises. Burton Burns was raised from $280,000 to $290,000; Mike Groh from $250,000 to $285,000; Jeremy Pruitt from $225,000 to $260,000; Chris Rumpf from $288,750 to $310,000; and Robert Williams from $315,000 to $350,000.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran also had a year extension through the 2013 season and was given a salary hike from $310,000 to $325,000.

All coaches may also receive bonuses tied to Southeastern Conference championships, bowl game appearances, and the national championship.

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