Nick Saban gets extension; Alabama assistants get raises
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama board of trustee’s compensation committee met Tuesday to approve new deals for athletic director Greg Byrne, head football coach Nick Saban and the rest of the Crimson Tide’s football staff.
Saban’s contract was extended three years and will run through Jan. 31, 2025. He will receive the same annual salary of $6.725 million with a base salary of $240,000 and a talent fee of $6.48 million. There will be a contract extension signing incentive of $4 million with an additional $4 million spread out through the 2020 (10 percent), 2021 (10 percent) and 2022 (80 percent) years of the contract.
That means Saban’s new contract will net him roughly 11.15 million in 2017, 7.15 million in 2018, 7.55 million in 2019 and 2020 and 10.35 million in 2021, an average of 8.75 million over the next five years.
The 2017 salary will make him the highest-paid coach in college football, topping Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, who made $9 million last year.
“Terry and I are pleased and happy to agree to the contract extension The University of Alabama has offered us, ensuring our time here in Tuscaloosa will continue for many more years,” Saban said, according to a release from the university. “This has become our home and we are looking forward to finishing our career at Alabama. I want to thank President Bell, Greg Byrne, our athletic administration, football staff and the entire University community for all of their support, which has been instrumental in the success of our organization. We are extremely proud of the young men who have represented the Crimson Tide on the football field, and more importantly, what they have been able to accomplish in their lives off the field because of their involvement in our program.”
The board of trustee’s compensation committee also approved a five-year deal for Byrne, who became Alabama’s new athletic director in March. Byrne will make a initial salary of $900,000 with a yearly raise of $25,000 until the end of his contract in 2022.
“It is an exciting day when we can announce that the best football coach in the country has agreed to a contract extension,” Byrne said according to a release from the university. “Before I came to Alabama, I was always impressed with Coach Saban and how he ran his program. After being here and seeing first-hand the job that he does, I’ve come away even more impressed... We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
The rest of Alabama’s coaching staff also received new contracts, including co-defensive coordinator / outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi, who became the highest paid positional coach with a annual salary of $950,000 through 2020.
Newly hired offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will make 1.2 million per year through 2020, while defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will earn 1.3 million in 2017 with a yearly $100,000 raise until the end of his contract in 2020.
Co- offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Mike Locksley, who was promoted from an off-the-field role earlier this offseason, will earn a yearly salary of $600,000 through 2019. Newly hired special teams / tight ends coahc Joe Pannunzio will make $370,000 per year through 2019.
Offensive line coach Brent Key will receive a $50,000 raise up to $400,000 per year through 2019; running backs / special teams coach Burton Burns will get a $15,000 raise up to $490,000 per year through 2019; defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley will get a $10,000 raise up to $405,000 per year through 2019; defensive line coach Karl Dunbar will make $275,000 in 2017 before seeing a lofty raise to $575,000 in 2018 and assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning Scott Cochran will see a $10,000 raise to $535,000 per year through 2020.
New salary information for Saban and Alabama coaching staff
Greg Bryne: $900,000 salary with $25,000 raise every year beginning in 2018 until end of contract in 2022.
Nick Saban: salary remains at $6.9 million but gets $4 million signing bonus. Signed through Jan. 31, 2025
Brian Daboll: $1.2 million salary. Signed through Feb. 29, 2020.
Jeremy Pruitt: 1.3 million salary with $100,000 raise every year beginning in 2018 until end of contract in Feb. 29, 2020.
Mike Locksley: $600,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 28, 2020
Tosh Lupoi: $950,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 29 2020
Joe Pannunzio: $375,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 28, 2019
Brent Key: $400,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 28, 2019
Burton Burns: $490,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 28, 2019
Derrick Ansley: $405,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 28 2019
Scott Cochran: $535,000 salary. Signed through Feb. 29, 2020
Karl Dunbar: $275,000 salary with $300,000 raise in 2018.