On Friday evening Nick Saban reached an agreement to remain as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, confirming to all that he is the king of college football. It also confirms that he will remain in Tuscaloosa for the remainder of his career, to the dismay of rival SEC fans.
The news came after what was a tense week for fans of both Alabama and the Texas Longhorns. Many fans and not a few media members were convinced Saban was on the verge of bolting from Tuscaloosa and heading west.
University of Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle announced the news on the verge of what will be a huge weekend of recruiting for Saban. News of the agreement will no doubt make a big impact among high school recruits.
“We are pleased to announce that head football coach Nick Saban has agreed to a new long-term agreement,” said Battle. “Coach Saban is the best in the business and has led our program to the pinnacle of college football. This agreement is a strong indication of our mutual commitment to building on the foundation he has established.”
Throughout the season and postseason as questions arose as to his future plans, Saban was firm in his commitment to Alabama. None of this was enough to stem the tide of speculation among followers of college football.
Saban reaffirmed his commitment to Alabama upon announcement of the new agreement.
“We are very pleased to have this agreement completed,” said Saban. “Terry and our family are very happy in Tuscaloosa. It has become home to us. This agreement allows us to continue to build on the tremendous success that we have enjoyed to this point – successes that have transcended the football field. We are excited about the future and the University of Alabama is where I plan to end my coaching career.”
Saban continued to say that his work was not done this season.
“We are also excited about the opportunity awaiting us on Jan. 2 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the University of Oklahoma and hope to send this year’s tremendous senior class out in the proper way.”
The agreement, which is still subject to approval by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System, reportedly pays Saban between $7 and $7.5 million per year.