Nick Saban is the richest man in college football. The Alabama coach is now paid $6.9 million annually, with potential for $700K more in bonuses, per the details of his recently extended contract released in June.
Is paying Saban a salary that high worth it for Alabama? Based on his on-the-field performance, it certainly seems so, as Saban has won three national championships while contending for one nearly every season he’s been in Tuscaloosa.
Jerry Kill thinks he’s worth it, too. In an interview with AL.com, Kill spoke about the money Saban is making.
“If somebody said something about coach Saban’s salary, I’d bet he earns every damn dime of it,” Kill said. “He’s under a fishbowl. It’s just the way it is.”
In his story, AL.com’s John Talty said Saban’s name came up when Kill was “explaining the difference between a coordinator and a head coach.”
“There’s a helluva lot of difference between making suggestions and decisions,” Kill said. “When it becomes public, you know who they are talking about…they are talking about the ol’ ball coach. We are responsible because we are making the big bucks.”
Saban was already the highest-paid coach in college football before his extension, when he was making $5.5 million a season.