Longhorns Prepared for a $100 Million Offer to Saban
In Finebaum’s book with Gene Wojciechowski, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference,” Finebaum writes:
“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban. Depending on who you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 million and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million [plus performance bonuses].”
In December, Saban received a new seven-year deal from Alabama through Jan. 21, 2022, worth $6.5 million in base salary per year and a total of about $55 million including performance bonuses.
In December after Alabama’s contract with Saban was finalized, Saban told ESPN.com’s Chris Low he “never considered” Texas.