Around the Nation: Alabama football coach Nick Saban inks deal worth $7 million a year

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FOOTBALL

Saban’s new deal worth nearly $7 million a year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban will make nearly $7 million a year through 2022.

The vote by the Alabama system trustees’ compensation committee made Saban’s new deal official nearly seven months after the university announced the agreement.

The 62-year-old Saban will make $6.5 million in base pay and “talent fee” plus a $400,000 completion fee for each year.

He had received an eight-year contract worth about $5.6 million annually in March 2012.

Saban has led the Crimson Tide to three national championships in seven seasons.

Trustees also approved details on the contract for new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The former Tennessee and Southern California coach will make $2.074 million over three years.

Other coaches got raises while defensive coordinator Kirby Smart had his deal extended through Feb. 28, 2017.

Washington State unveils Cougar Football Complex

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State athletic director Bill Moos was sure of one thing as he showed off the new $61 million Cougar Football Complex.

Moos said Tuesday that Cougar football takes a back seat to nobody in terms of football facilities.

The five-story building houses all football operations for the Cougars, including locker room, weight room, cafeteria and coaches’ offices.

The building was made possible by the Pac-12’s lucrative television contract, which will pay the Cougars an average of $20.5 million a year for 12 years.

The team will move into its new building in mid-July.

Georgia dismisses starting safety Tray Matthews

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Mark Richt says starting safety Tray Matthews won’t return to the team in 2014.

Richt, who did not say why Matthews has been dismissed, didn’t mention the player’s status while speaking with reporters earlier Tuesday but made the announcement in a statement several hours later.

The coach says, “We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.”

Matthews and three former Georgia teammates are scheduled to be arraigned in Athens-Clarke County court Thursday after being charged three months ago with illegally cashing scholarship checks.

Matthews’ Twitter account said he plans to transfer to Auburn or Louisville.

Texas A&M coach Sumlin dismisses two players from team

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Linebacker Darian Claiborne and defensive lineman Isaiah Golden have been dismissed from the Texas A&M football team.

The dismissal comes after both players were arrested on drug charges in the last few months.

Coach Kevin Sumlin said: “These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university. These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M.”

Claiborne was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after piling up 89 tackles last season.

BASKETBALL

Spurs’ Parker plans to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday that he expected his star point guard to be ready for Thursday’s opener against the Miami Heat.

Parker aggravated his left ankle injury Saturday, missing the second half of San Antonio’s series-clinching victory over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals.

Parker didn’t practice Tuesday, but says he expects to be back Wednesday.

Bower hired as GM of Pistons

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons have hired Jeff Bower to be their general manager.

The team announced the move Tuesday. Bower was the coach at Marist College last season, but he resigned Monday. Athletic director Tim Murray said in a statement that Bower was leaving for “a very specific and compelling NBA opportunity.”

The Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy as their coach and team president last month, and now Bower joins the front office as well.

Bower was previously a general manager and coach in the NBA, holding both those positions with the New Orleans Hornets in 2009-10.

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