Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban prior to kickoff of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban contract approved to run through 2022, makes $6.5 million per year

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The Alabama Crimson Tide locked up head coach Nick Saban with a new contract this past winter after the Texas Longhorns came knocking on his door and were prepared to knock the door down with a sizable contract offer.

Throughout it all, Saban remained adamant that he was not interested in starting over anywhere and loves where he’s at with the Tide. Today, the contract details of Saban’s contract at Alabama were revealed and his extension was approved to run through Jan. 21, 2022 and will make $6.5 million per year, according to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com.

“We are honored by the commitment the University of Alabama has made to us with this new contract, Saban said in a statement. “The past eight years have been productive in so many ways and we are grateful to call Alabama our home.”

“He is the best coach in the country and he’s brought Alabama back to the pinnacle of college football.

Saban owns a 74-15 record in his seven completed seasons so far on The Capstone, his record would have five more wins if not for NCAA infractions that resulted in him having to forfeit five wins in his first season in 2007 for violations that began under the watch of Mike Shula.

“We are pleased to announce that Coach Saban’s contract extension has been approved and that he’ll be our head football coach for many years to come,” said Bill Battle, University of Alabama Director of Athletics. “He is the best coach in the country and he’s brought Alabama back to the pinnacle of college football. His success on the field is obviously second to none, but Coach Saban’s influence on academics and all the other areas of our athletic programs are equally impressive to me.”

During his time in Tuscaloosa, Saban has won at least a share of four SEC west division titles, has a 5-2 record in bowl games and has three BCS National Championships. With Saban locked up until he is in his 70′s, this all but ensures that Saban will be in Alabama for the remainder of his coaching career.

Also of note out of Alabama is that new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s contract with the school is for three years and he will make $680, 000 the first two years with $714,000 in the last year of the deal.

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