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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says Nick Saban 'earns every damn dime' of his $6.9 million salary

The University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill speaks to the media during a news conference on campus regarding his raise, and spring football, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn. Kill says he's "getting paid way too much" to be Minnesota's coach but appreciative of the raise and contract extension he received
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The University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill speaks to the media during a news conference on campus regarding his raise, and spring football, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn. Kill says he's "getting paid way too much" to be Minnesota's coach but appreciative of the raise and contract extension he received. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban was already the highest-paid head coach in the country at $5.5 million when it was announced that he’d receive an extension and a raise. The details of that contract extension emerged in June and a lot was made of the fact that Saban is paid nearly $7 million per year, especially when student-athletes don’t receive a dime.

Saban has led the Crimson Tide on a remarkable run of success, so the school has rewarded him handsomely. Despite Saban’s massive success (three national titles in eight seasons), some think $7 million per year is far too much for a football coach.

Don’t count Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill among that crowd.

“If somebody said something about coach Saban’s salary, I’d bet he earns every damn dime of it,” Kill told Al.com during a conversation about Minnesota’s recruiting efforts in Alabama. “He’s under a fishbowl. It’s just the way it is.”

Saban’s name came up during a discussion about “the difference between being a coordinator and a head coach.” Kill’s main point is that with more success comes more pressure and responsibility. There aren’t many coaches around the country who face higher expectations than Saban.

“There’s a helluva lot of difference between making suggestions and decisions,” Kill said. “When it becomes public, you know who they are talking about… they are talking about the ol’ ball coach. We are responsible because we are making the big bucks.”

Kill, who reportedly made $1.2 million last year, led Minnesota to its first winning season since 2008 with an 8-5 campaign last season.

After winning three national titles in four seasons from 2009-2012, Saban’s Crimson Tide suffered two uncharacteristic setbacks, losing their final two games to Auburn in the Iron Bowl and Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl last season.

For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.

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