Sources: Bama extends Saban through '25

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Alabama coach Nick Saban, who has won five of the past nine national championships, has reached a new agreement that will extend his deal to coach the Crimson Tide through the 2025 season and pay him $8.3 million for the 2018 season, it was announced Friday.

The new agreement, which is subject to approval by the university's board of trustees, will extend his current contract by one season to eight years, and keep him in charge of the Crimson Tide football program through February 28, 2026.

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Alabama’s revamped radio team includes two former Crimson Tide football players

When Nick Saban was at the podium for SEC media days last week, he was asked — as he is seemingly every year — about how long he will continue coaching at Alabama. The veteran coach replied with his usual answer of however long he feels healthy enough to and if the program would have him.

It seems quite a long time is the real answer.

The Crimson Tide announced on Friday afternoon that they had agreed to a contract extension with Saban though the 2025 season, including annual raises that will see him go from around $7.5 million in 2018 up to $10.3 million by the end of the deal.

“Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with the University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said in a statement. “For Terry and me, the Tuscaloosa community and the state of Alabama have become home, and a place with deep roots for our entire family. We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama — both on and off the football field. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the entire University community for their support. I’ve said this before, but the most satisfying part of our job is seeing the young men that represent our program grow and develop, not only in football, but more importantly in what they have been able to accomplish in their lives because of their involvement in our program.”

Some of the details about the contract released by the school include annual increases of $400,000 on his base pay and retention bonuses of $800,000 if he’s still coach in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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Alabama football: Defensive line depth is not all about the numbers

Nick Saban is concerned about the lack of depth on the Alabama football defense. Let’s consider how much depth is required on the defensive line. When Alabama football missed on Malik Langham, Bobby Brown and Vernon Jackson in the 2018 class, defensive depth suffered. ILB signee Jalen Moody and JUCO transfer Tevita Musika lessened the […]Alabama football: Defensive line depth is not all about the numbers - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama gives Saban 8-year deal worth more than $74 million

NCAA college football head coach Nick Saban of Alabama speaks during the ceremony for the acceptance of The Macarthur Bowl trophy which is in front of him during the Southeastern Conference Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/John Amis)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban still reigns supreme over college football — in national titles and annual pay.

The university announced a new eight-year deal Friday worth at least $74.4 million, which would appear to make Saban again college football’s highest-paid coach based on annual salary.

The agreement runs through the 2025 season, boosting his average annual pay to $9.3 million if he sticks around for the duration.

“Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with the University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said in a statement.

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10 college football players primed to break out in 2018

We already know the established superstars of the 2018 college football season, but there’s a group of breakout performers ready to thrive.

Although some are recognizable names, they’ve previously either not held a major long-term role or not produced in an all-conference manner. Circumstances have changed in a positive way for these players.

Success isn’t guaranteed, but the situation entering the campaign is favorable for an emergent year.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) reacts at a press conference after the 2018 CFP national championship college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Alabama Football: LSU preseason buzz about recruiting, not winning games

Breaking a seven-game losing streak against Alabama football is not the biggest hope for LSU fans. The 2018 talk is all about recruiting and AD, Joe Alleva. The college football offseason is a time for optimism. Alabama football fans are not alone when expecting strong performance in an upcoming season. Check out almost any FBS team […]Alabama Football: LSU preseason buzz about recruiting, not winning games - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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College football recruiting class of 2020 fast starts

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The first time the 2020 class can sign is well more than a year away, but that doesn't mean prospects haven't already begun to make commitments. While the recruiting calendar has changed and the process in many ways has accelerated, recruiting remains a marathon and not a sprint. While much is still to be decided, some classes are already beginning to try to lock up talent. Here is a look at the initial top 10.

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Scout's Take Isaac Okoro to Auburn Tigers

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Must-have Alabama Crimson Tide items for football season

College football season is just around the corner. Make sure you have all the Alabama Crimson Tide gear you need for 2018-19. We are just over a month away from the start of the college football season. But before the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field, make sure you have plenty of new gear from […]Must-have Alabama Crimson Tide items for football season - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Basketball: Bold Avery Johnson builds tough OOC schedule

Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson was known as the ‘Little General’ in the NBA. The bold leadership he showed in the NBA continues in Tuscaloosa. Even though Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson was known as the ‘Little General’ in the NBA, he is not small in stature. At a tad under six feet, Avery looks […]Alabama Basketball: Bold Avery Johnson builds tough OOC schedule - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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College football summer reading list: SEC Edition

In the college football world, summer means one thing: preview time. Whether it’s an examination of your favorite player, a sneak peek of your preferred team or an in-depth guide to the conference of your choice, the months before kickoff are flooded with first looks. We decided to go a different route. We want to lift up your literary game with a faux summer reading list, breaking down the college football conferences by team, assigning each one a title and summary to aide you in your quest for culture and college football knowledge. Here’s our must reads for the SEC.

To read our ACC summer reading list, click here. 

To read our Pac-12 summer reading list, click here. 

To read our Big Ten summer reading list, click here.

To read our Big 12 summer reading list, click here. 

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Nick Saban says Jalen Hurts told him he is not transferring

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Jalen Hurts may not be the favorite to win the Alabama starting quarterback job heading into the 2018 season, but that does not mean the junior is going to leave the school where he enjoyed great success over the past two years.

With questions still swirling about whether Hurts will transfer if national championship game hero Tua Tagovailoa beats him out for the starting job, Nick Saban told ESPN’s Sage Steele on Tuesday that Hurts came to him earlier this month and assured him he is not going anywhere.

“Jalen actually came to me and said … ‘I am going to be here. I am going to be here. I came here to get an education. I graduate in December, and I’m going to be here,'” Saban said.

When Saban was asked about his QB situation back in April, he seemed far less certain of what Hurts was planning to do. Hurts’ father actually made some comments that indicated Jalen had every intention of transferring if he was not going to start, but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.

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Thunderbirds sign Jamaican netball star

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Adelaide Thunderbirds' incoming coach Tania Obst has made her first big signing by recruiting Jamaican defender Shamera Sterling.

The 22-year-old fresh from winning the MVP in England's elite netball competition, has agreed to terms with Adelaide.

Obst is taking over as Thunderbirds coach next year from incumbent Dan Ryan, who is overseeing the club's worst season yet - winless after 12 rounds.

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Travon Walker, defensive tackle, commits Georgia Bulldogs

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Georgia added a big name to its already star-studded 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday when defensive tackle Travon Walker announced his commitment to the Dawgs.

Walker, the No. 51-ranked prospect overall, chose Georgia over Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Georgia adds to its 2019 class with Walker, a talented prospect who can be a versatile contributor.

The 6-foot-5, 263-pound defensive tackle out of Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia, is the ninth commitment for Georgia ranked in the top 150 of the ESPN 300. Despite being ranked so high, Walker is the fourth-highest-ranked commit in the class behind wide receivers Dominick Blaylock and Jadon Haselwood and defensive end Nolan Smith, who is the No. 2 overall prospect.

Walker is the first defensive tackle to commit in the class and an important piece for Georgia as the staff was able to keep him from going out of state to Clemson. He will help fill a need in the middle of the line.

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Scout's Take DE Travon Walker to Georgia Bulldogs

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Alabama Football: On All-SEC selections, no love for Tua and the Heisman

Justifiably so, Alabama football got the most love at SEC Media Days. In the All-SEC picks, Tua got no love despite being a Heisman favorite. Alabama football was again picked to win the SEC by media members at SEC Media Days. Crimson Tide fans appreciate the acknowledgment even though the SEC media routinely gets the pick […]Alabama Football: On All-SEC selections, no love for Tua and the Heisman - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Part 2 of Six questions needing answers in Fall Camp

Fall camp starts soon and Alabama football fans want answers to six important, team questions before the start of Louisville game week. Alabama football fans have questions and the answers will not come soon enough. We’ll leave the ongoing starting QB question to Nick Saban and his staff. There are other issues that will have an […]Alabama Football: Part 2 of Six questions needing answers in Fall Camp - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Hear what Nick Saban had to say at SEC Media Days 2018

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Alabama Football: ESPN projects a disaster scenario for next CFB Playoff

From the perspective of Alabama football fans, past CFB Playoff selections were not controversial. Many other fans disagree and the committee’s next final four could become the most controversial of all. SEC media members have once again picked Alabama football to win the SEC. The vote was no surprise. Although Georgia was picked to win the SEC East, […]Alabama Football: ESPN projects a disaster scenario for next CFB Playoff - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Mizzou QB Drew Lock, Alabama DL Raekwon Davis headline preseason All-SEC team

The preseason hype surrounding Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is certainly not slowing down upon the conclusion of SEC Media Days.

The senior who finished last season on the All-SEC First Team finds himself in the exact same position on the media’s annual preseason list of top players from the league. Lock, a potential first-rounder, edged out Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham (second team) and both Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (third team). While the SEC has been knocked for quarterback play in the past, that is certainly not the case in 2018 given the depth that is apparent from the preseason teams, which doesn’t even include others like Ole Miss’ signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu.

Leading the way on defense was, not surprisingly, several Alabama stars. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson, plus defensive back Deionte Thompson were all on the first team All-SEC defense. All told, 13 Crimson Tide players were named to one of the three teams, a mark followed closely by Georgia (12), Auburn (9) and Florida (8).

The full set of three preseason teams are below:

OFFENSE

First-Team

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