I am not sure I find Nick Saban's $32 million contract with Alabama that surprising. After all, Alabama considers itself a top-10 program but a series of rejections have made the job tainted goods. When prestige won't sell, money is always the fall back. And Saban has learned what most other college coaches have learned -- the NFL is a LOT of freaking work and stress compared to college.
My question is a different one. My guess is that this makes Saban the highest paid state government employee in Alabama. Is there any state where a college men's football or basketball coach is not the highest paid state official?