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Tide extends Shula deal after bowl season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike Shula received a
one-year contract extension Tuesday but didn't get a raise to his
$900,000 salary.

Shula, 40, has led Alabama to 4-9 and 6-6 records, including a
berth in the Music City Bowl, in his first two seasons after taking
over a program reeling from NCAA sanctions and the offseason firing
of Mike Price.

"I am humbled by the University of Alabama's generous offer to
extend my contract," Shula said. "This extension reinforces the
university's resolve to restore our football program to national
prominence. That remains my top priority."

The board of trustees' compensation committee voted unanimously
in a brief teleconference to approve the extension keeping Shula
under contract through the 2010 season, but didn't change any other
part of his contract.

Shula's contract includes a base salary of $150,000 and a
$750,000 talent fee.

The university gave men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried a
$200,000 raise recently, boosting his salary to $1 million. This is
the first time a non-football coach has been the highest paid
employee in Alabama's athletic department.

"We are emerging from a very difficult period in our history
and the stability provided by coach Shula and his staff has played
a large part in that recovery," athletic director Mal Moore said.
"I feel coach Shula has this program headed in the right direction
and I am confident that he can lead Alabama back to a position of
national prominence and prestige."