Nick Saban is college football’s most successful head coach, and he is certainly paid like it. Alabama has inked Saban to a new contract extension, guaranteeing the sport’s highest-paid coach several more years of a lucrative salary.

The extension runs through the 2028 season, adding three more seasons to Saban’s existing deal. In the summer of 2018, Saban signed an eight-year deal worth at least $74.4 million.

Saban has a base salary and talent fee of $8.425 million that increases each year. The Crimson Tide coach has a contract completion bonus worth $800,000 payable at the end of each season from 2022-2025.

Between his $9.1 million salary and $950,000 in bonuses, Saban became the first college football coach to make over $10 million in a season last year, according to sports business reporter Darren Rovell.

Saban, 69, first became one of college football’s highest-paid coaches more than two decades ago. In 1999, he left Michigan State to become the head coach of LSU for a five-year contract worth about $1.2 million per year. In early 2004, LSU gave Saban a new contract that guaranteed him at least $2.3 million per season with annual raises of about $100,000 annually.

Less than a year later, Saban headed to the NFL, where the Miami Dolphins gave him a five-year, $22.5 million contract. The experiment was over in two years, and Saban left Miami for Alabama and an eight-year, $32 million deal.

While there is often incredulity about a public figure's wealth, Celebrity Net Worth estimates Saban’s net worth to be about $60 million, though The Richest puts it at $30 million.

After leading Alabama to a perfect season in 2020, Saban has won seven national championships as a head coach. Under Saban, the Crimson Tide have won six national titles in the last 12 seasons. 

Nick Saban of the Alabama Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on Nov. 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images