Monday Afternoon Briefing: Saban’s contract extended with pay raise; Football recruiting update

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Alabama agreed to a two-year contract extension that takes his deal to January 31, 2020. This commitment is good news for Alabama fans who believe Saban could finish his coaching career at Alabama.

According to the Daily Bama Blog, Saban’s pay increases to almost $6 million ($5.72 million) during the period of February 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

You can also find a breakdown on the assistant coaches salaries at the Daily Bama Blog
Of interest is Doug Nussmeier’s salary of $590,000 per year for three seasons and linebacker coach Lane Thompson’s two-year deal at $375,000 per year and Kirby Smart’s salary increased by $100,000 to $950,000.

The pay raises represent an investment in the successful football program in what is the most profitable athletic department in the nation.

Alabama Football Recruiting Update
For Alabama football fans, the season never really stops. When there isn’t action on the gridiron, recruiting is in full gear. There were two important recruiting stories to hit the wire Monday.

First, Alabama continues to pursue top defensive prospect Dee Liner. The Auburn commitment was the subject of a Tidesports story ($). You need to subscribe to the read the juicy details on what the recruit is thinking, but Aaron Suttles put it thusly on Twitter, “Alabama is giving Rivals 100 DE Dee Liner a lot to think about.” One tidbit from the article that should have fans buzzing about the possibilities of Liner at the Capstone was the fact that “UA coach Nick Saban has pitched Liner on the idea of playing the Jack linebacker position, the ‘Courtney Upshaw position’ as recruits are calling it.”

Second, Alabama scored a commitment from the state of Georgia in Pepperell’s Andy Dodd. According to the AJC, “Despite his enormous size, Dodd had the athleticism and quick feet to start at tight end for Pepperell the past two years. As a senior, Dodd will help out on the team’s offensive line – which is where he will play at Alabama.”

You can watch video of Dodd from YouTube:

Dodd is 6’4” and 325 lbs and played basketball for his high school team.