University of Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Monday that head football coach Nick Saban and the University have agreed to a contract extension, per Ross Dellenger.
The new agreement will extend Saban’s current contract through the 2028 season, keeping him in charge of the Crimson Tide football program until February 28, 2029.
Saban’s substantial salary of $8.425 million will increase annually throughout the length of the contract. Additionally, “there will also be a contract completion benefit of $800,000 payable at the end of the 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 contract years.”
In Byrne’s statement, Saban explains that this contract is about more than just football.
“Terry and I are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career,” Saban said. “Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it’s a place where our roots now run deep. This agreement gives us the chance to continue to impact the lives of the young men and their families who choose to play football and get an education at Alabama. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, Chancellor St. John, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Bryne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the whole University community for their support.”
What Alabama’s Future Looks Like
Saban has 12 concurrent years at Alabama under his belt. He’s coached the team to six national titles. Additionally, Saban has also lead Alabama to seven SEC titles. His college coaching record is one of the most prolific in history at 170-23. All of these accolades build the case for Saban being one of the greatest college football coaches ever.
An interesting aspect of this lengthy deal is Saban’s age. He will be 70 in October, making for a 77-year-old Saban come 2028. In contrast, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will be 58 then.
With no signs of Saban slowing down, age could be entirely obsolete. Therefore, this large extension will likely prove to be worth every penny. Alabama continues to land amazing recruits on a consistent basis on top of having great coaches. Saban and his crew prepare guys for the NFL while simultaneously winning national championships. It’s simply what they do.
Saban has turned Alabama into a dynasty, one that will not end any time soon…not until 2029 at least.