In college sports, a top coach like Nick Saban is worth every penny

Tuesday December 17th, 2013
Top college coaches like Alabama's Nick Saban are of enormous value to the universities they represent.
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I don't know if Kelly or Harbaugh would go to Texas. I suspect neither would, because the challenge of pro coaching is more appealing to both of them. But don't be surprised if Texas lures another pro coach, or outbids professional teams for coveted free-agent coaches. The fact is, a coach is worth more to Texas than to a pro team, and Texas has more money to spend than most pro teams, because Texas doesn't have to pay players anywhere near what they are worth. It's nice having cheap labor.

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