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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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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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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20 jarringly specific and (perhaps not entirely serious) predictions about the 2018 college football season

1. After being asked, on a particularly intemperate mid-August day, about the state of the Alabama quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, Nick Saban brandishes a Coca-Cola bottle and declares it to be his starter in the season-opener against Louisville. The Coca-Cola bottle subsequently calls a press conference in which it states (through a translator) that it is transferring to Georgia Tech to be closer to its family. Saban starts Tagovailoa, who completes 18-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s 39-10 victory over Louisville.

2. With Michigan trailing Notre Dame 21-18 and facing a 4th-and-3 at the Notre Dame 32-yard line late in the fourth quarter, Jim Harbaugh calls for a play referred to as “Spongebob.” Quarterback Shea Patterson takes a shotgun snap, does a backflip, shouts some nonsense at a perplexed defensive end, scrambles until he hyperventilates, and then hurls a pass that angles off two defenders’ helmets and the belt buckle of a side judge before landing in the hands of wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for the game-winning touchdown.

3. In Week 2, Michigan State beats Arizona State 45-9, prompting ASU coach Herm Edwards to deliver a fiery postgame lecture about the potential of Bitcoin technology.

4. After his Florida Atlantic team upsets Oklahoma, starts the season 3-0 and puts up an average of 46 points per game, Lane Kiffin denies rumors that he will become the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

5. A Tennessee man blames repeated viewings of the Imagine Dragons’ song “Natural” during college football broadcasts for brainwashing him into purchasing a nearby Chick-fil-A franchise.

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Alabama Football: What to look for leading up to fall camp

Alabama football fall camp is two weeks away. Check out three areas, worthy of close attention leading up to the start of camp. The symbolic kickoff to the new season, SEC Media Days is finished. Alabama football fans now have two more weeks of summer dog days before the pace quickens with the start of […]Alabama Football: What to look for leading up to fall camp - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Crimson Tide fans: Grab your sideline gear now

Alabama Crimson Tide fans can now nab the same gear their favorite players and coaches are rocking on the sideline. Check it out below. The college football season is quickly approaching, which means the Alabama Crimson Tide will be taking on the Louisville Cardinals in Orlando sooner rather than later. Do you have all the […]Alabama Crimson Tide fans: Grab your sideline gear now - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Unlocking the key to the Tide QB situation

Alabama football does not have a QB controversy. It has a situation filled with opportunity and challenge. A QB expert explains what will happen and why. Amidst the clamor surrounding SEC Media Days, a familiar voice shared some clarity about what to expect from the Alabama football QB situation. Some fans are disenchanted with Gary Danielson […]Alabama Football: Unlocking the key to the Tide QB situation - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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The 2018 college football awards preview

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With the start of the college football season comes the age-old query: which athletes will make the biggest impact at their respective positions? There’s still a lot of football to played before we know for sure, but there are already plenty of clues when it comes to predicting who might take home some hardware come December. 

(This article covers all non-Heisman awards for the 2018. You can check out our piece on the 2018 Heisman favorites here.)

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