Nick Saban extended his contract by three years on Monday. and will end in the 2028 season.
There are times when people think that Alabama coaches won’t even consider a job in Tuscaloosa. less than that is more than enough for a potential 22-year-old coach.
“As a matter of fact There’s no reason to believe that,” ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum told me Thursday during an appearance on WNSP-FM 105.5’s “The Opening Kickoff”. ) They just roused him. They called him a liar and a fraud. They said he wouldn’t be here in two years. He’s back in the NFL.”
His longest running head coach was at LSU (2000-04) and Michigan State (1995-99). Prior to that, he was in custody with the Miami Dolphins (2005-06), where he Finished 9-7 in Year 1 before the 6-10 campaign the following year, when he emphasized that “I’m not going to be an Alabama coach.”
Despite his NFL record, it’s hard to convince anyone else at that point.
“There’s no way he’ll be there long-term,” Finebaum said Thursday. “I always thought that after four or five years he might be tempted by the NFL.”
So I pressed an important document.
In December 2006, columnist Finebaum Press-Register have quoted the words of a few people you may have heard of.
Colin Cowherd at ESPN in 2006: “The guy everyone thought was a great job. And I’m not in Alabama. They have a bad sports director. Bear Bryant’s son is your boss. They have psychedelic stimulants, wacko, ridiculous and unrealistic investigations, highly competitive environments…what’s so good about it?
Jim Rome was the host of ESPN’s “Rome is Burning” at the time: “Maybe Alabama wouldn’t be quicker to fire Mike Shue if they knew no one in America mattered. Willing to replace him. Look who said no. Nick Saban: Pass The Ol’ Ball Coach: No thanks. Frank Beamer: Why should I? Bobby Petrino: Downgrade Rich Rodriguez: Make me, oh, and Jim Lewitt don’t want you hurt. Being Alabama and getting Heisman from the South Florida coach at least the U.S. is right. Rutgers denies it. At this point, you might as well dig Bear Bryant, or better yet, see if Mike Price is still interested. Trust me, you’re not going to get any better. The front of the shirt may still say Alabama in name only. That program is nowhere now. It becomes SEC later. Enjoy the glorious days of Bryant, Namath, Stabler, Stallings, Alexander, Price because that’s all you have and that won’t change.”
Still, after Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, There are still many who say it won’t last forever.
In February 2007, Cowherd said that Urban Meyer, the Florida coach at the time, “Will own Saban,” Finebaum pointed out at the time that nicknames such as “Flipper,” “Slick Nick” and “Nick Satan” were a rampant reminder of a man who once said he would not coach at Alabama.
Lou Holtz in The Miami Herald in 2007 said: “I think Nick Saban is a great coach and a smart person. But if he was like me He will regret his decision to leave the Dolphins like he did. I still regret leaving the Jets team to this day because of the owner. general manager Players and fans believe and trust me. And I haven’t seen it through. I didn’t give them my best effort.
“I’m not criticizing Nick Saban’s decision, I’m just saying that I regret quitting to this day because I was unfair to the people who believed in me. And he might feel the same one day.”
By 2008, on “The Press-Register,” the narrative had already changed.
ESPN director of national recruiting Tom Luginbill said in 2008, “What it means is that as Alabama moves forward, Admissions no longer view Alabama as just a school of tradition. But as a contender for the SEC and the national competition,” ESPN director of national recruiting Tom Luginbill said in 2008 is something every kid wants to do throughout his career.”
Flash forward to date As he approaches 70, Saban will be 77 when his contract expires. And a few others (if any) believe he will only last a couple of seasons.
Saban’s base salary and talent fee of $8.425 million in 2021 will “increase annually over the duration of the contract”, it added that there would be $800,000 “Contract Benefit” paid to the Saban at the end of 2022 through 2025.
However, Finebaum said Saban was worth much more than that.
“Not only is he the greatest coach of all time. But he is still the greatest coach today. He makes eight or nine million dollars a year. If he was on Wall Street, he would make $150 million a year. Or maybe even more,” Finebaum said on “Get Up” Tuesday.
Former University of Alabama Dr Robert Witt told Finebaum that the $4 million that Crimson Tide paid Saban at the time was “the best investment they’ve ever made.”
Since age 65, Saban is overall age 57-5 (35-3 in the SEC), two national titles against Bruce Feldman. He is entering his 15th season and leads Alabama to a six-time national championship and SEC championship. Seven times while collecting statistics 170-23.
“He is easily the lowest paid coach in sports history,” Finebaum said.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.