Nick Saban Contract Has No Buyout Clause, Allowing Him To Leave At Any Time

Alabama's Contract Extension For Nick Saban Missed One Important Detail: A Buyout

6/30/09 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5229 respect



The folks at the University of Alabama already have plenty to be thankful for when it comes to Nick Saban. He led them to an undefeated regular season, and their recruiting is as solid as it has been in the entirety of their storied history.

Their recent contract extension for Saban was a demonstration of their confidence and faith in Saban... but was it too much? It doesn't include the one thing that you would think should be the most important thing in ANY Saban contract: a buyout.

As the contract stands now, Saban could leave at any time. If he felt like leaving Alabama right now and coaching... say... USC, if Pete Carroll were to leave for an NFL job, then he could do so, without giving Alabama a single penny. That's obviously a stretch, because Pete Carroll has no plans (that we know of) to leave for the NFL, and we have no idea if USC would be interested in Saban anyway. However, if they were, imagine the appeal for someone like Nick Saban. With his recruiting skills and the unlimited resources at USC, combined with the relatively weak conference opponents, Saban could be in the title game on an annual basis. That definitely has some appeal.

So why wouldn't Alabama include a buyout clause in his contract, especially with his history of ditching a team as soon as a better offer comes along, like he did at LSU and Miami?

I understand that they want to show him some love with his new contract extension, but this might be taking it a bit too far.


Nick Saban contract has less teeth than front row at Neyland Stadium [Press-Register]
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6/30/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

When I was Alabama head coach I NEVER asked for a buyout.

-Paul "Bear" Bryant

6/30/09   |   FirstTierSports   |   36 respect

Hopefully Saban has finally landed in a place he feels good in. I can understand leaving LSU to coach in the pro's to test yourself then realizing its not for you, too bad he couldn't have done it with more tact and respect for his team and players.

6/30/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Yea, I'm not thrilled.  I'll leave it at that.


I'm not a big Paul Finebaum fan (actually, he makes my skin crawl), but he showed his displeasure of this and his displeasure of Mal Moore in this article, awesomelly titled "With No Buyout, Extended Nick Saban Contract Has Less Teeth Than Front Row At Neyland Stadium".

Well played Finebaum.

6/30/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Uh, is Alabama nuts? If there were ANY coach in America to have a buyout for, it's Nick Saban.