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Football Coach Nick Saban Reaches Deal to End Career at Alabama

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban
University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban has led the Crimson Tide to three national championships and has a record of 79-14 since taking over as coach in 2007. Photographer: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Football coach Nick Saban reached an agreement to remain at the University of Alabama for the rest of his career, the school said in a release on its website.

Saban, 62, has led the Crimson Tide to three national championships and has a record of 79-14 since taking over as coach in 2007. He also has coached in college at Louisiana State, which he led to the national championship in 2003, Michigan State and Toledo, and was the head coach of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006.

Alabama did not release details of the new contract. ESPN reported that he already was the highest-paid coach in college football at $5.62 million per year after signing an extension in March that kept him under contract through 2020.

“We are very pleased to have this agreement completed,” Saban said in the release. “We are excited about the future, and the University of Alabama is where I plan to end my coaching career.”

Alabama, which won national championships under Saban in 2009, 2011 and 2012, is 11-1 this season and will face the University of Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.

“Coach Saban is the best in the business and has led our program to the pinnacle of college football,” Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle said in the release. “This agreement is a strong indication of our mutual commitment to building on the foundation he has established.”

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