University of Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced on Monday that they have agreed to head football coach Nick Saban contract extension.

Saban said in a statement that he and his wife, Terry, are “happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career. This agreement gives us the chance to continue to impact the lives of the young men and their families who choose to play football and get an education at Alabama.”

Nick Saban Contract Extension

The extension will extend the current Nick Saban contract by three seasons to eight years. According to the Alabama Football website, the base salary and talent fee of $8.425 million for the current contract year will increase annually throughout the length of the contract. There will also be a contract completion benefit of $800,000 payable at the end of the 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 contract years.

“I don’t know what the hell I would do if I wasn’t coaching,” Saban told ESPN when asked if retirement was on the horizon for him. “I don’t even want to imagine it.”

Saban, who will turn 70 later this year, has celebrated a long and highly successful career; he has won a record seven national championships and he has won more games against AP Top 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 teams in his career than any other coach. Saban’s overall record at Alabama is an impressive 170-23.

Nick Saban Contract

The fall of 2021 will mark Saban’s fifteenth season with the Crimson Tide. Through the last 12 years, he has led them to a massively impressive six national championships, as well as seven Southeastern Conference championships. Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for at least one week for 13 straight years, surpassing the record established by Miami in 1992.

“Coach Saban is the best college football coach in the nation, and one of the greatest coaches of all time in any sport, and we are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to another contract extension at Alabama,” said Byrne. “From the success of his teams on the field, to the accolades off the field and the accomplishments in the classroom, we could not be prouder of this program and what Coach Saban has done to create a championship culture in all aspects.”

In addition to coaching the top team in the nation in a phenomenally skilled way, Saban is also extremely involved in the Alabama community. He and his wife have raised nearly $10 million for charity with organizations like Nick’s Kids Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, even helping rebuild 18 homes in the wake of the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama.

Byrne said that Saban’s impact has been felt “throughout the community and the state thanks to all he and Ms. Terry have done through the Nick’s Kids Foundation and beyond. They are incredible people, and we are very thankful to have them around for many years to come.”

It seems like there is no stopping Nick Saban and his love for Alabama. This contract extension shows that he will remain committed to the university and their football team for the rest of his career.

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Allyson Park is a sports writer and media content creator at Knup Solutions. She covers a variety of sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. She is currently a student at Virginia Tech majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in creative writing. Her favorite sports to watch are NFL football and women's soccer. After graduating, she hopes to enter the sports journalism industry and provide a unique angle and perspective on sports as a woman of color.

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