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University of Alabama Head Basketball Coach Nate Oats Receives a Contract Extension Through 2029. See New Buyout Details

Zack Love

The University of Alabama Head Basketball Coach Nate Oats is excited to receive a contract extension through 2029, due to his success this basketball season.

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Nate Oats is enjoying success as the head basketball coach and agreed to a contract extension with Alabama.

On Friday, 3 February 2023, the University of Alabama announced they are extending Nate Oats's contract through 2029.

The Tuscaloosa News reported "Oats will make $4.5 million in base salary, talent fee, and expense account in the first year. That will escalate by $200,000 each year. That does not include incentive bonuses. At that number, he ranks fourth among SEC men's basketball coaches in annual compensation this season behind Kentucky's John Calipari ($8.5 million), Tennessee's Rick Barnes ($5.45 million) and Auburn's Bruce Pearl ($5.4 million)."

The terms of his buyout agreement are as follows:

"His buyout in the first year of the new contract would be $12 million. In the second year it would be $10 million. In the third year it would be $7 million if he decides to leave the job." (Source: The Tuscaloosa News)

"It shows a great commitment by us from what we’re offering from a contract standpoint," Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne said. "It also shows a great commitment by Coach Oats that he wants to be at the University of Alabama, which we think is a great testimony on his part as well.” -Greg Byrne, Alabama Athletics Director

Head Coach Nate Oats also shared a statement.

He said:

"I am honored and humbled to receive a contract extension from the University of Alabama...I am excited for what's happening in the future of our program and the direction we are heading." -Nate Oats, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Alabama

Last Contract Extension: 2021 Announcement

In 2021, University of Alabama Athletic director Greg Byrne announced that they will "extend his current contract by three seasons to six years and keep him in charge of the Crimson Tide basketball program through March 14, 2027. The base salary and talent fee will increase to $3.225 million annually." (Source: Roll Tide)

University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell is also pleased with Nate Oats leading the basketball program.

He said in 2021:

"We are very proud of what our men's basketball program has accomplished in just a short period of time under Coach Oats' leadership," said University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell. "His emphasis on effort, continuous growth and selflessness has helped our student-athletes excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community. He has embraced the standard of excellence at The University of Alabama, and we are excited he will continue to lead our program for years to come." -Stuart Bell, University of Alabama president (Source: Roll Tide)

As long as Nate Oats continues to have success, the University of Alabama will likely continue to make it worth his while to stay as the head coach.

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Roll Tide press release. "Alabama Head Basketball Coach Nate Oats Agrees to Contract Extension Through 2027." RollTide.com. 18 February 2021.

Kelly, Nick. "Nate Oats contract extension as Alabama basketball coach raises salary to No. 4 in SEC." The Tuscaloosa News. 3 February 2023.

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