published Monday, March 26th, 2012

Alabama extends Nick Saban's deal through 2019, boosts pay above $5 million

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks with NFL scouts during NFL Pro Day at the University of Alabama on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Alabama coach Nick Saban talks with NFL scouts during NFL Pro Day at the University of Alabama on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban has parlayed the Crimson Tide's second national championship in three years into a raise and contract extension.

The university's board of trustees approved a two-year extension for Saban on Monday that will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He'll receive $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that.

Under the deal, he'll make $5.97 million in 2019.

Saban remains among the college football's highest paid coaches, along with Mack Brown of Texas ($5.2 million) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops ($4.875 million).

He made $4.7 million last season plus part of a prorated $5 million completion bonus.

Alabama also gave defensive coordinator Kirby Smart a $100,000 raise to $950,000. New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will make $590,000.

Both coordinators have three-year deals.

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