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Alabama extends Saban's deal, boosts pay

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 2 2015 11:34 a.m. MDT

This Jan. 9, 2012 file photo shows Alabama head coach Nick Saban looking on during the BCS National Championship football game against the LSU Tigers in New Orleans.  Saban has parlayed the Crimson Tide's second national championship in three years into a raise and contract extension. The university's board of trustees approved a two-year extension for Saban on Monday that will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He'll receive $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that.  Under the deal, he'll make $5.97 million in 2019.   (Dave Martin, File, Associated Press) This Jan. 9, 2012 file photo shows Alabama head coach Nick Saban looking on during the BCS National Championship football game against the LSU Tigers in New Orleans. Saban has parlayed the Crimson Tide's second national championship in three years into a raise and contract extension. The university's board of trustees approved a two-year extension for Saban on Monday that will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He'll receive $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that. Under the deal, he'll make $5.97 million in 2019. (Dave Martin, File, Associated Press)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban has parlayed the Crimson Tide's second national championship in three years into a raise and contract extension worth $5.62 million a year.

The university's board of trustees approved a two-year extension for Saban on Monday that will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He'll receive $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that.

Under the deal, he'll make $5.97 million in 2019.

Saban will make nearly $45 million over eight years in base salary ($245,000) and what Alabama calls "talent fees."

Saban remains among college football's highest paid coaches, along with Mack Brown of Texas ($5.2 million) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops ($4.875 million).

He made at least $5.295 million last year in salary, talent fee and bonuses, including $525,000 combined for winning the Southeastern Conference and national titles.

The Tide is 48-6 over the past four seasons. Saban has restored the program to the point that a 10-3 title followup in 2010 was viewed as a big disappointment.

His coaching staff was rewarded, too.

The trustees' compensation committee also approved a $100,000 raise for defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, up to $950,000. New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will make $590,000. Both have three-year deals.

New outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson will make $355,000 in a two-year deal.

Other assistant coaches got raises and one-year extensions through Feb. 28, 2014:

— Bobby Williams, who coaches tight ends and special teams, received a $35,000 raise, to $350,000.

— Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran got a raise from $310,000-$325,000.

— Defensive line coach Chris Rumph goes from $288,750 to $310,000

— Running backs coach Burton Burns got a $10,000 hike, up to $290,000.

— Receivers coach Mike Groh's pay went up from $250,000 to $280,000.

— Secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt is now making $260,000, up from $225,000.

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