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Report: Texas Was Prepared To Offer Nick Saban $100 Million, According To Paul Finebaum's New Book

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.

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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. obtained an advanced copy of Finebaum's book, and has more details.

According to an advance copy of the book obtained by, 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.