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.
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 ESPN.com’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.”