Saban, Alabama reach long-term agreement

JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Published:

Associated Press

Alabama's Nick Saban is staying put, apparently for the duration of his career.

The university announced Friday night that Saban coach has reached "a long-term agreement" to remain with the Crimson Tide.

"We are very pleased to have this agreement completed," Saban said in a statement. "(Wife) Terry and our family are very happy in Tuscaloosa. It has become home to us. This agreement allows us to continue to build on the tremendous success that we have enjoyed to this point -- successes that have transcended the football field."

Alabama didn't release terms of the deal, which must be approved by the board of trustees.

Saban received an eight-year deal in March 2012 worth about $5.6 million annually and seems likely to remain college football's highest-paid coach.

The agreement quells speculation that Saban would take over at Texas.

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