TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s Fresno State week, so there will occasionally be throw away questions for Alabama coach Nick Saban.
On Wednesday night, Saban was asked if he felt he was worth his salary, which reached $11 million after his signing bonus this year.
“Probably not,” Saban said Wednesday. “But I don’t really do this for money, never really have.”
From there, Saban reflected on his humble beginnings as a graduate assistant. Over the last 40 years, Saban has worked his way up from being the low man at Kent State to arguably the best coach in college football history.
“I started out in this profession making $8,000 a year, and that was after two years of being a graduate assistant and making nothing, going to graduate school and working, loading trucks at night and my wife worked in the registrar’s office,” Saban said. “We were happy when my dad brought us a case of peas, so we could have a side dish when we’re eating. We worked hard through the years.”
Saban was clear to mention that he doesn’t control what others are willing to pay him. When thinking of Saban’s salary, it’s important to consider how much value he’s brought to the University of Alabama.
During a 2013 interview with 60 Minutes, former Alabama president and current chancellor Robert Witt said Saban was the “ best financial investment this university has ever made.” That was back when Saban was making $5.5 million a year.
“I don’t think it’s up to me to determine what the value is or what the market is for coaches, or what value I have created here for this institution and this place,” Saban said. “I think those people made those decisions. We haven’t asked for anything. We’ve been treated extremely well here. We certainly appreciate it. I appreciate our administration. I appreciate our athletic administration for the way they’ve supported the program and helped us be successful, and I’ve been very thankful for what they’ve done for my family. But I’m not the one that determines what you just asked.”
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