TUSCALOOSA — Considered by many one of the top coaches in the history of the sport, Alabama coach Nick Saban is paid handsomely for his services.
But Wednesday’s release of USA Today’s annual salary database showed just how big the margin is between Saban’s salary and every other coach in the country.
Saban’s total pay puts him at $7.16 million a year, according to USA Today’s report. The second-highest paid coach, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, makes $1.5 million less than Saban at $5,636,145.
Auburn's Gus Malzahn is 12th. His total pay is $3.854,500.
Georgia's Mark Richt is 17th at $3,314,000.
Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is 37th at $2,590,500.
In Saban’s first year at Alabama, he made $3.5 million. He has since doubled that total since arriving in 2007.
Saban’s latest contract extension was finalized back in June after his representation and Alabama came to an agreement in December. The terms include a $6.5 million salary and an annual $400,000 completion bonus.
Based on USA Today’s calculations, Saban receives $209,984 in “other pay” and $6,950,203 in total compensation from Alabama.
Since Saban arrived, Alabama has won three national championships and two SEC titles. Dating back to the start of the 2008 season, Alabama has won 81 games, which is the most in the FBS.
-- Kevin Price contributed to this report.