- The Washington Times - Monday, June 7, 2021

The dynasty that is Nick Saban and Alabama football appears nowhere near ending. Saban signed a contract extension to keep the coach with the Crimson Tide through at least the 2028 season, the school announced Monday, a run that could result in the 69-year-old coach finishing his career in Tuscaloosa.

The new contract adds three seasons to Saban’s current deal, and the contract runs through at least Feb. 28, 2029. Saban’s base salary and talent fee will be worth $8.425 million a year, and there’s a contract completion bonus of $800,000 available at the end of the 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 seasons.

“Terry and I are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career,” Saban said. “Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it’s a place where our roots now run deep. 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.”

Saban will enter his 15th season at the helm of the Crimson Tide, and his resume is jam-packed with accomplishments. He’s led Alabama to six national championships in the last 12 years and has won seven SEC championships. He boasts a .881 winning percentage over that time span.

Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for at least one week in each of the past 13 seasons — breaking a record held by Miami between 1986 and 1992.

The Alabama program has produced 51 first team All-American players since Saban arrived, creating a mighty talent pipeline to the NFL; the Washington Football Team has four players from Alabama on its roster: Jonathan Allen, Cam Sims, Landon Collins and Daron Payne.

“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,” athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement. “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.”

The financial terms of the deal still must be approved by members of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

Before arriving at Alabama, the West Virginia native played football for Kent State. He earned his first head coaching job at Toledo in 1989. Saban went on to lead Michigan State, the Miami Dolphins and Louisiana State — where he also won a national title.

Saban’s success at LSU made he and Bear Bryant the only two coaches to win an SEC championship at two different schools.

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