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

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

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.”

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Nick Saban

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  • Mary Waltman

    Come on people, get your facts before opening your mouths…….and according to my source close to the University…..Saban is going nowhere!

  • tideman89

    I have to take the man at his word. I know people constantly want to bring up the way Coach Saban left teams in the past, but he hasn’t treated UA that way. He says he isn’t going anywhere, and I believe him. UA will give him an extension and make him the highest paid college coach. Besides, I don’t think he’s quite finished adding years to his place in the Walk of Champions. RTR!!!

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