Is Nick Saban worth $11 million to coach college football? | The Tylt
Is Nick Saban worth $11 million to coach college football?
To be the man, you have to beat the man, and few have since Saban came to Tuscaloosa—with four national titles (plus another at LSU) and a 119-19 record on the field. His original contract was an eye-popping $4 million per year—that's his bonus alone for the upcoming season.
But at what cost? Should college coaches be getting paid the same, or more, than coaches in pro sports—where the higher pay range is more in line with the salaries that players are making?
At the same time, trying to keep pace is not only separating those in the Power Five schools, but deepening the division between football's haves and have nots. At some schools, students and facility are pushing back.
Alabama fans and officials may counter that it's not their responsibility to look out for the bigger picture. Their job is to look out for their university. There's no doubt Saban's success has had an affect on Alabama—out-of-state enrollment has climbed; overall enrollment has jumped from a little over 22,000 in 2007 to 37,665 this fall; and freshmen enrollment in Tuscaloosa has moved from 4,500 in 2007 to 7,500 this fall.