Saban's 'Bama staff is highest paid in SEC

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Nick Saban, college football's highest paid coach, also has the Southeastern Conference's best-paid coaching staff.

The assistant coaches will collectively make $2.245 million this year, with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and offensive line coach Joe Pendry leading the way with base salaries of $350,000, according to university figures released to several newspapers.

The staff is reportedly the only one in the SEC making at least $2 million. The contracts are awaiting approval by the Alabama board of trustees.

The figure is still only a little more than half the $4 million-a-year salary Saban was awarded in January. But Saban said today the college record payout doesn't place any more pressure on him or his staff.

Quarterback John Parker Wilson said the Tide coaches deserve the big paychecks.

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