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What do you do after you get paid big money? Go on vacation, of course.

What do you do when you're Nick Saban and you get paid big money? Go on vacation with some of your players, of course.

This past week Saban, who just was approved for a new, $6.9 million-per-year deal to remain with Alabama through 2022, took several key Crimson Tide contributors tubing on Lake Burton, where the skipper once owned an $11 million investment property.

As you can see in this video -- posted by senior defensive lineman Anthony Orr and featuring Landon Collins, Amari Cooper, Xzavier Dickson, Brandon Ivory, Christion Jones, Nick Perry, Blake Sims, DeAndrew White and Jarrick Williams -- Saban looks quite comfortable on a boat (don't you ever forget):


Oh, but it didn't end there. The 'Bama players also got to do their own piloting, buzzing around the lake on Sea Doo:


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Nick Saban receives huge contract

The University of Alabama compensation committee Tuesday approved Nick Saban's new contract, and the terms are massive: $55.2 million through Jan. 21, 2022. Clearly the move was designed to keep Saban, annually a rumored candidate for NFL jobs and even big college ones, in Tuscaloosa for years to come -- although reporter Alex Scarborough says the figure won't scare away suitors. Do you agree? Is this too much money for a college coach? Cast your votes below!

Will Nick Saban ever coach in the NFL again?

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  • Will Nick Saban ever coach at a college other than Alabama again?

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  • How many more national championships will Alabama win under Nick Saban?

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  • How will Alabama fare in the 2014 season?

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  • Do you have a problem with Nick Saban being paid $55.2 million through 2022 on his new contract?

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  • In general, how do you feel about major college football coaches' pay?

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  • Should college athletes be paid?

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      34%

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It's "Kick Six" re-creation season in Auburn Tigers country.

Not long after the grounds crew at Jordan-Hare Stadium commemorated Chris Davis' famous 109-yard missed field goal return against the rival Alabama Crimson Tide from last season, a Tigers-loving man received an Iron Bowl-themed groom's cake for his wedding. Note the scoreboard: Auburn 28, Alabama 28, one second left ... it's as if something amazing is about to happen.

Check it out, in close-up detail, courtesy of Cobalt Confections:


Auburn Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide Iron Bowl Kick Six wedding cake


Auburn Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide Iron Bowl Kick Six wedding cake


Auburn Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide Iron Bowl Kick Six wedding cake


Auburn Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide Iron Bowl Kick Six wedding cake


Auburn Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide Iron Bowl Kick Six wedding cake


What was the cake's fate? Well ...


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Big problems with the NCAA?

Kentucky coach John Calipari isn't all that pleased with how the NCAA does things. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Wildcats coach in his new book compares college sports' governing body to the last years of the Soviet Union, saying it has failed to change with the times. Calipari also proposes several changes, including allowing players to transfer without sitting out if their coach leaves, a $3,000-to-$5,000 stipend and more. What's your take?

  • What do you make of John Calipari comparing the NCAA to the Soviet Union in its latter years?

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  • How do you feel about the way the NCAA treats its athletes?

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  • Should the NCAA seek input from coaches such as John Calipari?

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  • Should college athletes be allowed to profit off their own names?

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      22%

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  • Should college athletes be allowed to receive one round-trip flight home a year?

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  • What do you make of the $3,000-$5,000 stipend proposed by John Calipari?

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  • If a coach leaves a program, should players be allowed to transfer without sitting out?

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  • What chance do you give the NCAA as a governing body of ceasing to exist in your lifetime?

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Northwestern gets union vote

In a landmark -- and to many, surprising -- moment, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can vote to unionize. The school will appeal, although ESPN's Lester Munson says it faces an uphill battle to win. Do you agree with the union movement? Are student-athletes actually employees? Cast your votes below!

Are you in favor of members of the Northwestern University football team attempting to unionize?

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  • Do you consider college football players employees?

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  • Will Northwestern's football team vote to unionize?

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      73%
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  • Should college athletes be allowed to profit off their own names?

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      30%

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  • Should college athletes be paid?

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      38%
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      62%

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