It pays well to not be the Alabama coach

Nearly three years ago, then-Dolphins head coach Nick Saban provided a timeless quote that can be used whenever attempting to prove the point that football coaches are full of something other than rainbows and rose petals.

I’m not going to be the Alabama coach,” Saban said in the face of questions regarding rumors suggesting he’d quit the NFL after only two seasons and return to the college game.

So now Saban is the Alabama coach, and he’s not going to not be the Alabama coach for a long time to come.

And he’s going to be paid damn well along the way.

John Taylor of CFT has the details, including whether the contract includes a lifetime supply of Little Debbie cakes.

The deal averages $4.7 million per year, which likely means that some NFL teams will continue give jobs to unproven assistant coaches who will take far less than that.

25 responses to “It pays well to not be the Alabama coach

  1. Stop trying so hard and write logical headlines, it sounded like he got fired.
    For instance, Mike Shanahan is getting paid very well to not be the Broncos coach.

  2. Yes, but look what he’s done for Bama. He is nmush better suited for college ball. Being a great college coach does not always translate to being a great NFL coacch (Spurrier,Saban,Petrino,Davis-you know. Should I say more?)

  3. “It pays well to not be the Alabama coach”
    Just ask Mike Shula. He is still cashing checks from them.
    BTW,
    Saban did the right thing saying what he did. He had two weeks remaining in the regular season. Plus, there is no obligation to answer questions truthfully when discussing rumors with hack journalists like yourself.

  4. LCCJ, think about it. Colleges fill stadiums bigger than NFL stadiums, don’t have profit sharing and don’t pay their players.
    These colleges have plenty of money to spend. A good coach is worht it too. Brings in so much money to the school.

  5. This blatant cross promotion is getting really annoying. You’re shoehorning stories into PRO FOOTBALL talk just so you can link to CFT. It’s obvious, try-hard and bush league. Give it a rest or you’re going to start to bleed readers to other sites. We know about CFT. If we want to read it we will. You’re insulting our intelligence with these “stories”.

  6. You could atleast label it as a sponsored post, so it doesn’t hit my twitter. Damn the CFT drops.

  7. LCCJ – Let’s keep it real!
    When you look at schools like LSU, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss, Michigan, and Florida – what Boosters want, Boosters get!
    It is scary how much money the college game generates and the day they finally break down and get a playoff system – in the words of Keith Jackson – Woa Nelly!!?

  8. “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach” is the reason why people who are interested in being media savvy (as opposed to Nick Saban) are careful to include “at this time”. People familiar with the situation are aware of the fact that in the weeks after the “I’m not going to be the coach at Alabama” line was uttered, Alabama extended an offer to Rich Rodriguez, which DickRod accepted in principle, and then rejected at the last minute when his wife balked at the thought of living in Alabama and WVU agreed to upgrade their facilities, prompting the Alabama AD to fly to Miami for the full-court press. Still sound like Saban had already agreed to the offer and was lying?

  9. “rolltide says:
    September 9, 2009 6:04 PM
    Alabama extended an offer to Rich Rodriguez, which DickRod accepted in principle, and then rejected at the last minute when his wife balked at the thought of living in Alabama ”
    AAAAHAHAHAHA! They lived in West Virginia, and his wife was like “Pff, no way am I living in Alabama”?
    Holy crap. That is like saying “I’m not going to play for the Browns. I’d rather stay a Lion.”

  10. I couldn’t care less about Saban, but that incident with him is when lying went from subtle nuance to just flat out intentional, habitual lies from coaches.
    There’s no honor in a profession that requires that.

  11. 4.7 million dollars……this is ridiculous.a teacher in the south gets 35 thousand a year to teach math……where the f are our priorities.

  12. TFBuckFutter – Google ‘Rita Rodriguez”, take one look at her, and let me know if you have any more questions not related to botox.

  13. Tom coughlin: You know that taxes pay teacher’s salaries, while sales of tickets and merchandise pay for college coaches salaries? Because you seem dumb enough to think teachers get shorted because all the money goes to coaches.

  14. “rolltide says:
    September 9, 2009 7:00 PM
    TFBuckFutter – Google ‘Rita Rodriguez”, take one look at her, and let me know if you have any more questions not related to botox.”
    That search gave Kurt Warner a boner.

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