These are the types of things that make us scratch our head when we’re debating the NCAA and it’s policies. Georgia RB Todd Gurley is suspended indefinitely for being paid $400 for signing autographs while Alabama head coach Nick Saban –who earns $7 million a year plus bonuses — had his $3.1 million house paid off by Alabama boosters with no penalty by the NCAA.
According to a report from AL.com, the Crimson Tide Foundation paid off Saban’s $3.1 million home in January 2013 even though the organization was under no obligation to do so.
The Sabans, who bought the 8,759-square-foot home in 2007, continue living there with the foundation picking up the tab for property taxes each year.
“It’s not all that unusual in the world for universities to provide the housing,” Scott Phelps, assistant secretary of the foundation, told AL.com, noting how the University of Alabama also owned the home of Paul “Bear” Bryant and his family. “We want to keep him happy. We think he is the best coach in America.”