It's official: Nick Saban will be staying in Tuscaloosa.
A University of Alabama official has confirmed to FOX6 News sports anchor Rick Karle that Tide head coach Nick Saban has signed a multi-year contract extension.
Officials haven't released any details of the extension other than to say it is a long-term agreement. In a press release from the University, Saban says "the University of Alabama is where I plan to end my coaching career."
"We are very pleased to have this agreement completed," Saban said in the press release. "Terry and our family are very happy in Tuscaloosa. It has become home to us. This agreement allows us to continue to build on the tremendous success that we have enjoyed to this point - successes that have transcended the football field.
Paul Finebaum and Gil Brandt of NFL.com previously reported that Saban could be getting $7 million a year with this new contract.
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and Cecil Hurt, who covers Alabama for the Tuscaloosa News, broke the news on Twitter Friday night.
Inside Buffalo Phil's in Tuscaloosa, fans were cheering at the news. Fans say they can't wait to see what's in store for the future of Alabama football.
"I was surprised but not totally surprised," Emily Shelton, a University of Alabama student, said. "He's got a great program and there's really no reason to leave."
"We're not done! We're in the middle of a dynasty here," Joe Tesfaye, another student, said. "I think we've still got a lot of things to do. We had a disappointing season this year. And we can only go up!"
Numerous fans were seen taking pictures late Friday night as the news of Saban staying rolled in.
Bill Battle, the University of Alabama Director of Athletics, released this statement on the agreement:
"We are pleased to announce that head football coach Nick Saban has agreed to a new long-term agreement. Coach Saban is the best in the business and has led our program to the pinnacle of college football. This agreement is a strong indication of our mutual commitment to building on the foundation he has established."
University of Alabama President Dr. Judy Bonner and Dr. Robert E. Witt, Chancellor of the University of Alabama System.
The news coincides with continuing conflicting reports about the future of Texas coach Mack Brown. Rumors have persisted for months that Texas wanted Saban to replace Brown.
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