TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is reportedly negotiating a contract extension with football coach Nick Saban.

The Birmingham News reported Thursday that the talks are in the preliminary phase and are focused more on increasing the length of Saban’s deal than on a big pay raise.

The newspaper cited unnamed sources.

Saban led the Crimson Tide to a 12-0 regular season in his second year, including a 36-0 victory over Auburn.

An Alabama spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Saban has six years left on an eight-year, $32 million deal that made him the highest paid coach at a public institution at his hiring.

Saban is set to make $3.9 million in salary this season.

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