Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn Tigers won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

No physical contract waiting on Nick Saban's desk from Alabama

Earlier in the week, when reports of Mack Brown’s impending resignation were circling, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum reported that Alabama had offered head coach Nick Saban a contract extension. Saban had the offer on his desk, but had yet to sign it.

“Saban has had a contract extension on his desk since Friday,” Finebaum wrote. “[T]he longer it goes unsigned, the more uncomfortable Alabama officials grow. … Alabama officials are getting nervous about the lack of response.”

Now we’re learning that it was more of a verbal agreement.

From ESPN:

Representatives for coach Nick Saban and Alabama are talking about a contract extension, but the longer there is no agreement, the more uncomfortable Crimson Tide officials grow, sources told ESPN.

Saban has a verbal “offer of commitment” from Alabama officials to make him the highest-paid coach in college football, a source told ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, rather than an actual contract, as earlier reported. Sources tell Finebaum and’s Chris Low that while there have been discussions about a new deal, no formal offer is actually in place.

For Saban it is business as usual reportedly.

“Coach Saban is spending his time recruiting and getting ready for a bowl game,” Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said. “It’s business as usual and that’s what we’re getting ready for. We have a great recruiting class lined up. We have 14 prospects coming in this weekend and looking forward to having them and looking forward to playing Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.”

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