Here's what Nick Saban, Greg Byrne, Stuart R. Bell said about Alabama football coach's extension

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban received a new contract Tuesday, extending him through the 2029 season.

It also moved him back to the top of the list of college football coaches at public universities in annual compensation. In 2022, Saban is now set to earn $10.695 million in base salary, talent fee and completion benefit. That does not include incentive bonuses.

He moved ahead of Georgia's Kirby Smart, who is set to make $10.25 million this season. Smart signed his extension earlier this summer.

“Our family is very happy to agree to a contract extension with The University of Alabama,” Saban said in a statement. "Terry and I are very appreciative of the unmatched commitment the University has shown to this football program and our family over the last 15-plus years. This is our home, and we look forward to finishing our career at Alabama."

Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne had said previously UA wants to make sure the Sabans are happy with the level of support the Sabans receive. Byrne made that happen.

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“We are incredibly fortunate to have the best football coach in the nation and one of the greatest coaches of all time, regardless of sport, here at Alabama in Coach Saban,” Byrne said in a statement.

Byrne also called the Sabans special people, and Alabama is "very thankful to have them around for many years to come."

University President Stuart R. Bell also praised Saban in a statement, calling the coach and Miss Terry pillars in the community.

“Coach Saban’s commitment to the comprehensive development of each student-athlete is remarkable and his teams set the standard for excellence, both on the field and in the classroom,” Bell said.

Saban is entering his 16th season as Alabama's coach. The Crimson Tide will open play on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Bryant-Denny Stadium against Utah State.

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly

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