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Why Saban is way underpaid at $5.3M

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07:16 AM ET 05.14 | Nick Saban has done the near-impossible at Alabama, helping turn the university into a national draw. If you think that a top college football coach earning seven figures is overpaid, think again. To appreciate just how modest Saban's $5.3 million salary is, take a wider look around campus. ... [The] school realized $50 million more in out-of-state tuition revenue for last fall's incoming class than it did for the same class in 2007 ($76 million vs. $26 million). ... And to boot, the school's most recent capital campaign (i.e. donations from alumni and others) raised $600 million for scholarships and facilities, the most ever. For the admissions office, more applications mean more selectivity.

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May 14, 2013  08:36 AM ET

You would think that with all the money Alabama's football prgram has brough the university, they could afford to buy the guy a new suit. There's this place in Tuscaloosa called T-Town Men's Wear. I understand they give a very generous discount to people associated with the Tide's football program.

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May 14, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Of course he's underpaid. He's the bestest.

May 14, 2013  09:12 AM ET

How many times are we going to see this same story?
He's a good coach, making millions. We get it.

May 14, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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You would think that with all the money Alabama's football prgram has brough the university, they could afford to buy the guy a new suit. There's this place in Tuscaloosa called T-Town Men's Wear. I understand they give a very generous discount to people associated with the Tide's football program.

Our guys need all the help they can get. They certainly don't get 200K checks dropped in their laps like at some schools. :)

May 14, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Underpaid? I dunno. He was the highest paid coach when he first got to Alabama and has had raises since. He is certainly worth the money we pay him, if you look at revenues alone.

The rest is icing on the cake as they say.

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May 14, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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State employee. Should only make $75K tops.

He's not paid by the state.

May 14, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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He's not paid by the state.

Yeah people don't seem to understand that. Of course he is underpaid. He's the best I've seen in my lifetime.

May 14, 2013  10:17 AM ET

What a mooch

May 14, 2013  10:57 AM ET

IMO, Saban is "underpaid!!! He is a "very" good coach!!!!!

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May 14, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Yeah people don't seem to understand that. Of course he is underpaid. He's the best I've seen in my lifetime.

Tell the folks in Miami that!

May 14, 2013  11:36 AM ET

Some sloppy thinking in the article. It is not demonstrated that Saban is the sole cause of the increased revenue, just that two revenue streams have increased during his tenure. Even if a percentage of the revenue increase can be directly assigned to Saban's presence, that does not mean he is/isn't overpaid. To determine that, you would need to have similar data from other universities. The coach's salary as a % of the revenue increase would allow you to rank coaches relative value to their schools.

May 14, 2013  11:50 AM ET

His salary would be double if it wasn't being routed to his players.

May 14, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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His salary would be double if it wasn't being routed to his players.

You're thinking of Ohio State.

May 14, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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Some sloppy thinking in the article. It is not demonstrated that Saban is the sole cause of the increased revenue, just that two revenue streams have increased during his tenure. Even if a percentage of the revenue increase can be directly assigned to Saban's presence, that does not mean he is/isn't overpaid. To determine that, you would need to have similar data from other universities. The coach's salary as a % of the revenue increase would allow you to rank coaches relative value to their schools.

This is actually a good point, no shot at Dearborn, but a shot at what is usually posted on T&R.

He can be held up as the reason for the increase in football revenue, and to a lesser extent all sports revenue.

The increase in attendance had been planned for a long time, before Coach Saban accepted the job. The president before the current one, who stepped away about 4 months ago to become chancellor of the whole system, had been planning on increasing enrollment with a target enrollment of about 28-30K for the mai campus.

The increase in popularity has helped, of course. The rating of the main Alabama campus has improved (USnews reports) during this time.

A lot of older people who went to Alabama don't like the increased enrollment, because it makes for a much more crowded campus. I'm unsure if it is a bad thing as it relates to it that way, but it seems like a positive from the standpoint of raising the University of Alabama's profile and also their standing.

The increased football revenue can be held up to show that Coach Saban's salary has increased revenue dramatically. There was NO waiting list for tickets when we had Coach Shula and was averaging about 7-8 wins a year. Coach Saban arrived, we expanded the stadium by about 10K seats, and there's a waiting list of about 20 years now. That's what winning does for you.

I'm glad we are doing it the right way, too. Winning ethically and winning a lot. Way to Go, Coach Saban.

May 14, 2013  12:03 PM ET
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Tell the folks in Miami that!

ROFLMAO...best quote of the day. Joe Mammy wins.

 
May 14, 2013  12:12 PM ET

Saban has one "advantage"nobody else can match, The Indwelling. Lucifer only has one vessel on the corporeal plane.

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