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Nate Oats inks contract extension with the Crimson Tide

With the Michigan Wolverines parting ways with head basketball coach Juwan Howard this afternoon, Alabama head coach Nate Oats emerged as a top target for Big Blue. Oats spent 11 years at Romulus High School, which is just outside of Detroit, so with some experience in the area he was a hot name.

Greg Byrne and the Alabama athletic department were never going to allow Michigan to test the waters though as Oats and Alabama inked an extension today. The new deal is rumored to make Oats one of the five highest-paid coaches in the sport and is very well deserved. With this being Oats’ fifth year in Tuscaloosa, he has already claimed two SEC regular season titles as well as two tournament titles. The board of trustees is expected to meet on Monday where they will approve the new deal as well as discussing the contracts of the new football staff.

Michigan is definitely one of the best jobs in college basketball, but Oats is blazing a trail in Alabama and has things rolling. He has been phenomenal on the recruiting trail, taken the Tide to new heights on the court and is already building arguably the most impressive resume of any Alabama basketball coach yet – and he is just getting started.

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