ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Says The University of Texas Was Prepared to Offer Nick Saban $100 Million

By 07.16.14

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The rumors about Nick Saban  being courted by the University of Texas to coach the Longhorns became pretty tiresome last college football season. Today some crazy details about all of that broke. In maybe the most HOLY SHIT?!?!?!?!?! story of the college football offseason, AL.com has learned just how big the package they were prepared to offer College Football Jesus (…or Satan, depending on your alma mater). Their source is ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum, who has a book hitting shelves soon about the SEC:

According to an advance copy of the book obtained by AL.com, Longhorn boosters were willing to offer Saban a signing bonus worth up to $15 million and a $100 million-plus salary package.

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”

All of this sounds a little insane. Saban’s new contract at Alabama is already the biggest in college football and netting him $6.9 million per year over eight years. He is a very rich man. However, the Texas offer would have surely doubled that wealth.

The players, however, would still have to play for free. 

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