Nick, stop belittling.
Months after Nick Saban shoved his foot in his mouth during a rampage over the NIL leveling the recruiting playing field, Alabama’s soccer head coach recently became the highest-paid man of his profession at a public university due to a salary increase and extension. that will pay him $11.7 million per year. Based on Sports Office Reception, Saban’s new deal runs through February 28, 2030 and is valued at $93.6 million over 8 years. It also means that in 2029, Saban will earn $12.7 million at the age of 79.
All of this for a guy who spent all of everyone else’s money in May.
“We were second in hiring last year, (Texas) A&M was number one,” Saban said at that time, when he complained about how unthinkable he could be defeated in recruiting. “A&M bought every player on their team, agreed on the name, image and likeness. We’re not buying a single player, but I don’t know if we can maintain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
Saban then took aim at Deion Sanders’ program.
“Last year Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars who was a really good Division I player to go to school. It was in the newspaper. They brag about it. Nobody did anything about it,” Saban declaredAll because he couldn’t understand why the country’s No. 1 player – black – would want to go to a black school and play for a black coach. Newsflash, Jackson State doesn’t have that currency. If they did, HBCU would not be dealing with a water crisis that would cripple the Mississippi state capital – that is influence the football program.
Ironically enough, UGA head coach Kirby Smart is who Saban surpassed in salary, as it was Smart’s team that beat Saban’s in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
“Our family is very happy to agree to a contract extension with The University of Alabama,” Saban said in a statement. “Terry (Saban’s wife) and I greatly appreciate the unmatched commitment the University has shown to this football program and to our family over the past 15 years. This is our home, and we look forward to finishing our careers in Alabama. “
For Saban, all that matters is that he gets his first. Then others can eat.
“The biggest concern is how does this impact and affect hiring?” Saban said in July. “On the hiring path right now, there are a lot of people using this as lures to get into their school by making promises that they may or may not follow what the other person says. playing is doing or not.”
A few months before Saban said that he flipped a previous QB Texas A&M engagement – Eli Holstein, 6-foot-3, 215-pound QB from Louisiana – to the Crimson Tide.
“You give a young man… $8,000 a month or $6,000 a month, you can say, ‘He deserves it.’ Well, he might deserve it if he earns it, if he goes out there and plays,” Kirby Smart speaks to people at the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual conference in July. “I am all about taking care of the boys who got on the show and started and played. It’s just a reverse system right now, where bottom-in is rewarded more than top-out might be. And… that makes it really hard. “
From Kirby Smart and Lane Kiffin to Saban, Wealthy college football coaches are suddenly concerned about the money pouring into the sport when the players started getting a small cut – excluding any from lucrative media rights deals. It’s a reminder that this whole system is built on a foundation of unpaid teenagers, and despite how much “progress” and “change” has been made in the past few years. Over the years, it’s become clear that college football is the sport where the people who work the least and make the most of it, don’t want the people who make the most and earn the least, never to get theirs.
So when Nick Saban and Crimson Tide were on their way to the Utah State Aggies on Saturday – like Bama is favored over 41 points and have a 99.3 percent chance of winning according to ESPN match predictions – knowing Saban will likely spend the second half caring about how much Bryce Young’s NIL contract pays him per game rather than how much the Heisman Trophy winner threw.