Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/29/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02: Kick returner Javier Arenas #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with head coach Nick Saban after Arenas scored on a 73-yard punt return in the second quarter against the Utah Utes during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
What do you give the highest paid college football coach in the nation? Well, if you are defending national champion Alabama, you give him a raise. In the midst of a spring practice that, by all accounts, is going well, Nick Saban received a contract extension with an immediate bump in salary to 5.3 million, an increase of 550,000 over what he would have made in 2012 under his old contract. The extension could keep Saban in Tuscaloosa until 2020, at which point he will be making 6 million. And should he stay for the duration of the contract, he will have pocketed a total of 44,983,333.86 from the good citizens of the nations ninth poorest state, 16.1 percent of whom are living below the poverty line. But he wins football games. "We're staying at Alabama and we're not interested in going anyplace else," Saban said. "We weren't interested in going anyplace else at the end of the season, so it doesn't really matter." His assistants are staying put as well. Kirby Smart, one of the ...
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