TUSKALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Monday that head football coach Nick Saban and the university have agreed to extend the contract.
The new agreement will extend his current contract for three seasons to eight years and will keep him at the helm of Crimson Tide’s football program until at least February 28, 2029. The basic salary and talent fee of $ 8.425 million for the current contract year will increase annually throughout the term of the contract. There will also be compensation for the completion of the contract in the amount of 800,000 USD, payable at the end of 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 contract years.
“Terry and I are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our careers,”
Saban enters his 15you season and has led his teams in Alabama to six national championships in the last 12 years, along with seven championships at the Southeast Conference and a record of 170-23 (.881). In his six seasons in the national championship in Alabama, his teams have passed 21-2 against the top 10 opponents. Alabama was ranked first in the Associated Press poll for at least a week for 13 consecutive years, breaking the record of seven set by Miami (1986-92). Saban’s 127 (127-12, .914) victories over the past decade are the highest for any school in the Football Bowl division during a 10-year period in the Associated Press poll era (since 1936).
Alabama is vying for the national championship in every game played since the beginning of the 2008 season, except for the last three games of the regular season for the 2010 season – a staggering 151 of 154 games. The Crimson Tide appeared in six of the first seven playoffs in college, winning three CFP titles (2015, 2017, 2020). UA has a total of 51 players who won 57 first-team awards across America during Saban’s tenure. The Tide has also seen 106 players selected in the NFL Draft since 2009, including 39 first-round picks. These figures are the best in the country during this period. Alabama’s six first-round picks in the 2021 draft tied the NFL record.
“Coach Saban is the best football coach in the nation and one of the greatest coaches of all time in any sport, and we are extremely happy that he has agreed to another contract extension in Alabama,” Byrne said. “From the success of his teams on the field, to the awards on the field and the achievements in the classroom, we could not be proud of this program and what coach Saban did to create a champion culture in all aspects. Not only the impact is felt here at the University, but throughout the community and the state thanks to everything he and Mrs. Terry have done through the Nick’s Kids Foundation and beyond, they are amazing people and we are very grateful to have them around for many years to come. “.
The Crimson Tide’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) for 2020 of 990 improved the average for national teams in the Football Bowl (FBS) division by 22 points. Football in Alabama also won public recognition from the NCAA for their APR score, which ranks in the top 10 percent nationally among all football teams, while posting a graduation rate (GSR) of 88 in figures released last November. The Alabama football program was among six recipients of the 2019 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award. It was the second time in three years that Crimson Tide won recognition with a perfect score of 1,000 in the NCAA’s one-year APR.
“Coach Saban’s impact on the University of Alabama is immeasurable,” said Stuart R. Bell, president of the University of Alabama. “What his teams have achieved on the field is exceptional. He is also committed to ensuring that student-athletes are successful beyond their sport with a strong focus on their academic skills and personal development. We are glad to have Nick and Terry Saban, who are among the most prominent ambassadors of the UA, who set an example and serve others in our community for many years. “
In addition to the success in the field and in the classroom, the Sabans have been very involved in community initiatives. Since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007, Nick and Terry Saban have raised nearly $ 10 million for charity through their Nick’s Kids Foundation. Following the devastating tornado in 2011, they teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild a total of 13 homes and added a house for each of Tide’s five titles for a total of 18 houses.
The Sabans have personally donated $ 1 million to the UA’s first-generation scholarship fund and are working to raise funds for the new St. Francis Catholic Church student center, which is named after them. The children of Sabans and Nick’s Kids also helped the Tuscalus Juvenile Detention Center build a modern welding and addition to the GED classroom. Most recently, Sabans announced plans for the Saban Center, which is creating a training center on the Black Warrior River, which brings together the Children’s Practical Museum, the Public Library in Tuscaloosa and the Children’s Theater in Tuscaloosa. Sabans made a personal gift of $ 1 million for the project, and the Nick’s Kids Foundation contributed another $ 250,000. Sabans also donated $ 1 million to The Crimson Standard, Alabama’s capital initiative, which aims to enhance the experience of student-athletes.
Members of the System Board of the University of Alabama have been notified of the proposed terms for the contract extension. The financial conditions remain subject to approval by the Council.