When news came out that Nick Saban’s new contract with Alabama would pay him around $6.9 million per year, ESPN television and radio personality Paul Finebaum was non-plussed by the nation-high figure.
Perhaps, I have been on the Nick Saban’s beat for too long but my first reaction to the $6.9 million a year story was: Is that all?
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 3, 2014
Now we know why Finebaum was less than impressed. According to his upcoming book “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football”, which he wrote with ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski, Texas offered Saban a salary package of over $100 million. AL.com obtained an advanced copy of Finebaum’s book, and has more details.
According to an advance copy of the book obtained by AL.com, Longhorn boosters were willing to offer Saban a signing bonus worth up to $15 million and a $100 million-plus salary package.
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”
If any school could make a nine-digit offer to a coach, it is probably Texas, but it is hard to imagine anyone turning down an offer like that to coach a top program like Texas. If accurate, Saban is probably never leaving Tuscaloosa if Texas couldn’t pry him away.