SABAN IN ALABAMA? THREE YEARS, TOPS
Well, Nick Saban has finally signed his deal to
University of Alabama trustees approved the eight-year, $32 million contract for football coach Nick Saban on Thursday.
The deal doesn't include a buyout clause if he wants to leave early and puts a cap on the number of public appearances Saban must make every year. [Emphasis, of course, is C&F's]
Now, C&F is the first one to say that buyouts, unless they are completely unreasonable, are meaningless. If you're going to pay a guy (and let's pull a number out of midair here), say, $4 million a year, a $1 million a year buyout probably isn't going to discourage you too much.
However, when you have a guy who changes jobs as often as Michael Vick changes dogs, you should at least have a buyout in there as a statement of principle. Get something out of it when the guy inevitably leaves. Give someone at least a few hundred thou to think about.
In any case, Saban won't be leaving any sooner than backup QB Jimmy Barnes, who says Saban treats people with a lack of respect. A stunning accusation, one that led to an equally surprising allegation from AJC.com:
His honor is besmirched!
According to Barnes' father -- because NCAA regulations only allow players' fathers to say controversial things about the programs they just left:
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Jimmy Barnes quit the team because he was unhappy with coach Nick Saban's treatment, not over lack of playing time, his father said.
"To be honest with you, it's the way (Saban) is treating kids," John Barnes told The Birmingham News in a story Thursday. "What Jim told Saban was he was not going to give up his dignity and be treated like that." ...
"First of all, Jimmy didn't say that to me," [Saban] said. "I don't know of any circumstance that I treated any kid here — or anybody in our program — in a way that would affect their dignity." ...
Two of Barnes' former teammates disputed the characterization of Saban's treatment of the team.
"One thing he is really big about is treating people with respect," defensive end Wallace Gilberry said.
Wilson added that "respect is a big issue around here."
"Now, can somebody please take the cement shoes off my grandma?" Wilson asked.