Nick Saban regains status as college football’s highest-paid coach after Alabama contract extension

Nick Saban’s tenure as the second-highest paid public school coach didn’t last long.

The Alabama System Board of Governors compensation committee on Tuesday approved a new contract for the Alabama football coach that extends him one more year through the 2029 season and ends on Feb. 28, 2030. Saban will earn $10.695 million in 2022 base salary, talent pay and completion bonus. This does not include incentive bonuses.

That’s an increase from the $9.9 million Saban was set to make this season.

Through the 2029 season, Saban is set to earn $12.7 million on his new deal in base salary and talent fee. In that season, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is set to make $11.75 million.

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Smart was the nation’s highest-paid public school coach after receiving a contract extension earlier this summer, surpassing Saban after the Bulldogs beat the Crimson Tide in the 2022 College Football Playoff. Then on Tuesday, Saban moved back ahead of Smart, whose deal expires on Dec. 31, 2031.

Saban is the latest coach to get a new contract this offseason, along with Smart, Ohio State’s Ryan Day ($9.5 million in 2022), LSU recruit Brian Kelly ($9.5 million ) and Mel Tucker at Michigan State ($9.5 million). . The contracts for coaches at private schools such as Southern Cal’s Lincoln Riley and Miami’s Mario Cristobal are not available through open records requests because of their university status.

Saban’s contract stipulates that he and/or his agency meet with Byrne every February to review market trends. If his total guaranteed annual compensation is less than the average of the three highest-paid SEC football coaches or the five highest-paid NCAA coaches, UA would increase his compensation to the higher of the two averages.

“We want to make sure Coach Saban and Miss Terry are very happy with our level of support,” Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne told The Tuscaloosa News in June. “This has happened in the past, and this will happen in the future. So we have ongoing discussions to make sure this is appropriate.”

Highest-paid public school football coaches in annual compensation for the 2022 season

Nick SabanAlabama: $10.695 million

Kirby Smart, Georgia: $10.25 million

Brian Kelly, LSU: $9.5 million

Mel Tucker, Michigan State: $9.5 million

Ryan Day, Ohio State: $9.5 million*

Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: $9 million

James Franklin, Penn State: $8.5 million

Dabo Swinney, Clemson: $8.5 million

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: $8.05 million

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: $7.5 million

Lane Kiffin, Mississippi: $7.25 million

Billy Napier, Florida: $7.1 million

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: $7 million

Brent Venables, Oklahoma: $7 million

Mark Stoops, Kentucky: $6.75 million

Source: Documents from the school obtained through public records requests.

*Annual rate effective July 1st.

USA TODAY’s Steve Berkowitz contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama’s Nick Saban is college football’s highest-paid coach again

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