BCS: Athletes play for pride, coaches get bonuses

AP: The players at Texas and Alabama will compete Thursday night for the chance to be called national champions and for a beautiful crystal trophy to be placed outside their locker room.

Their coaches have even more at stake.

Mack Brown of Texas stands to make $450,000 if he leads the Longhorns past Alabama in the BCS championship game. If the Crimson Tide wins, Nick Saban would get $200,000 on top of the $200,000 he’s already earned by making it to the national title game.

All that is in addition to what Brown and Saban, two of the highest-paid coaches in the business, already receive. Brown recently had his salary permanently increased to $5.1 million a year. Saban signed an extension that makes his deal worth $4.7 million annually. (read the entire AP story embedded in this post @ Capstone Report.)