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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Says The University of Texas Was Prepared to Offer Nick Saban $100 Million

By / 07.16.14


The rumors about Nick Saban  being courted by the University of Texas to coach the Longhorns became pretty tiresome last college football season. Today some crazy details about all of that broke. In maybe the most HOLY SHIT?!?!?!?!?! story of the college football offseason, has learned just how big the package they were prepared to offer College Football Jesus (…or Satan, depending on your alma mater). Their source is ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum, who has a book hitting shelves soon about the SEC:

According to an advance copy of the book obtained by, Longhorn boosters were willing to offer Saban a signing bonus worth up to $15 million and a $100 million-plus salary package.

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “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).”

All of this sounds a little insane. Saban’s new contract at Alabama is already the biggest in college football and netting him $6.9 million per year over eight years. He is a very rich man. However, the Texas offer would have surely doubled that wealth.

The players, however, would still have to play for free. 

Pic via Sports Grid

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About Brandon Wenerd... Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips:

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