at means the contract would be worth $42.35 million if he remains through the nine-year deal, or just over $4.7 million annually.
The contract guarantees Saban will be among the nation’s five highest-paid football coaches or the three highest-paid in the Southeastern Conference, whichever is higher. His pay cannot fall below the average of those coaches.
Illinois will be without one of its leading rushers Saturday when it tries for its first win of the season.
Illinois coach Ron Zook
said Mikel Leshoure
was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. The sophomore running back won’t play in Illinois’ home opener against Illinois State.
Leshoure and fellow back Troy Pollard
led Illinois with 38 yards each in last weekend’s 37-9 loss to Missouri.
Washington State will pay $300,000 for canceling its 2011 game at Hawaii.
Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan
said he received a letter last week from Washington State, canceling the final contest of a three-game series between the schools.
WSU cited uncertain changes in the Pac-10 scheduling.
The teams met in November in Honolulu and the Cougars host the Warriors in Seattle on Saturday.
The Cougars aren’t the only team to cancel a date against the Warriors in recent years. Michigan State paid $250,000 to get out its 2007 matchup. Hawaii went 12-0 that year before losing to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
College football notebook