Paul Finebaum's new book alleges Texas offered $100 million to Nick Saban
According to Paul Finebaum’s new book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football”, boosters at the University of Texas tried luring Alabama coach Nick Saban away from Tuscaloosa last fall and were willing to offer a signing bonus worth up to $15 million and a $100 million-plus salary package.
First reported by AL.com who received an advance copy of the publication set to launch Aug. 5, Saban silenced rumors of a departure when he agreed to a new contract at nearly $7 million a year in December 2013.
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum writes. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”
Co-written by ESPN.com’s Gene Wojchiechowski, the book alleges that Saban was the Longhorns’ top choice to replace Mack Brown as head coach. In January, Texas agreed to a five-year contract with Louisville’s Charlie Strong at a salary of $5 million per season plus incentives.