Saban says he'll stay at Bama for the rest of his career
- Published: Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:12
- by Doug Samuels
When Nick Saban's new deal became official yesterday, he proclaimed that he plans to remain a Crimson Tide member for life.
The new contract will keep him in Tuscaloosa through 2019 and will pay an average base salary of $5.6 million per year during that span.
"From my standpoint, the acceptance of this extension represents our commitment, my commitment, our family's commitment, to the University of Alabama for the rest of our career" Saban told reporters after practice yesterday.
Saban said that decision was made after the National Championship game when other places showed their interest. Who that was isn't relevant now according to Saban,"It doesn't really matter, we wanted to stay at Alabama. We're staying at Alabama, and we're not interested in going any place else."
As we noted yesterday on The Scoop, most of the Tide's assistants received raises as well. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart received a two year extension to 2015 and will make $950,000 next season. New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will make $590,000 during his three year contract, new outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson will make $375,000 on year one of his two year deal. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph will make $310,000, and running backs coach Burton Burns will be paid $290,000 next season.
Other assistants receiving raises include tight ends / special teams coach Bobby Williams ($325,000), strength and conditioning ccoach Scott Cochran ($325,000), receivers coach Mike Groh ($285,000) and secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt ($260,000) all received raises of $35,000. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland's salary will stay at $395,000.
"There's a very competitive market out there when it comes to assistant coaches, I think it's imperative that we keep continuity and that we had the opportunity to be competitive salary-wise with other schools who are trying to hire our coaches." Saban said of the raises.