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Nick Saban Earns $525,000 Bonus For BCS Championship Win: How Much Is Too Much?

Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban will receive a total of $525,000 in bonuses for his victory in the BCS Championship game earlier this month, as reported by Birmingham News columnist Don Kausler.

All told, the university will pay out nearly $1.5 million in bonuses for the victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In addition to the bonuses for Saban, the 14 members of the football staff under Saban received bonuses equal to 20 percent of their salary, which ranges from $23,000 to $190,000.

Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore got in on the action, too. Moore received a $50,000 bonus, no doubt for having hired Saban in the first place.

Get ready for the editorials from people up in arms over paying a head football coach this much money, when all that money could be put to better use FOR THE CHIRREN, PAWWLL!

Is this too much money to pay a football coach, even one as successful as Saban? Or is it right in line for what Saban has brought to Alabama; not only in terms of championships, but national interest, tourism, souvenir revenue and the like?

Some of you older folk may have heard of this Paul “Bear” Bryant fellow; you know, the guy that coached the Alabama Crimson Tide sometime prior to the Nick Saban era.

Bryant was once asked about the discrepancy between his salary and that of your run-of-the-mill professor at the Capstone.

“How many people watch you give a final exam?” Bryant supposedly asked the professor. About fifty, was the reply.

“Well,” Bryant growled, “I have 50,000 watch me give mine – every Saturday.”

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