Alabama gives Saban extension, raise

Alabama coach Nick Saban shouts instructions in the second half during College Football Playoff Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, January 8, 2018. Alabama came back from a 13-point second-half deficit after switching to the young quarterback in a dramatic 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Alabama extended coach Nick Saban’s contract and gave him a raise, the school announced Friday.

The one-year extension leaves him with an eight-year contract, through Feb. 28, 2026. At that point, Saban would be 74.

The news release from the school said, “The base salary and talent fee will rise to $7.5 million and increase $400,000 annually. There will also be a contract extension/championship signing incentive of $800,000 in 2018 and a contract completion benefit of $800,000 payable at the end of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.”

Saban is entering his 12th season as coach of the Crimson Tide. His team won the 2017 national championship by defeating Georgia 26-23 in overtime in a game played Jan. 8.

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