Now that Nick Saban’s contract is official, I would like to address a topic that still seems to come up every now and again.
It seems that when the amount of Saban’s contract was first brought up, most outside of Alabama found ways to criticize it. We’ve heard the criticism of paying a coach $4 million a year in a state that ranks in the 40s in national education. They claim it sends the wrong message about priorities in this state. Even the President of the United States seems to think that we’re using tax payer money to buy Saban.
Let’s get something clear: SABAN IS NOT BEING PAID WITH TAXPAYER MONEY. HE IS NOT TAKING AWAY ANY MONEY THAT IS EARMARKED FOR EDUCATION. HIS SALARY IS FUNDED SOLELY BY THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT. In fact, his base salary is $200,000+. Most of his money comes from doing radio shows, what little advertising he may do, and public speeches.
The Alabama athletic department is able to fund itself based off of ticket sales, ad revenue, licensing agreements, etc. Maybe if Mal Moore were in charge of financing the entire University there would be a conflict of interest, but he isn’t. In fact, not only has Coach Saban donated $100,000 to a scholarship fund, but the University also received a $1,000,000 donation from the athletic department not too long ago.
There are some who say it reflects poorly on our state society to pay a football coach that much when the education system struggles for funding, regardless of where the money comes from. If they really feel pained to see such a difference in dollars, then maybe they should work the corrupt politicians that have been mishandling education dollars for years. They’re the main reasons for improperly funded schools and educational programs.
Yes, I would love to see more money put into the educational system. But first, I would like to see the original amounts promised used properly. Because then I’ll know that the schools will actually be receiving more money.
Back on topic. Saban contract = not a bad thing. (profound isn’t it?)