Machen: Saban contract bad for college football

Ohio State University president Karen Holbrook, from left, and University of Florida president Bernie Machen take part in a joint press conference Saturday January 6, 2007 at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountain where the pair touched on such issues as academics and the future of Bowl Championship Series.

ROB C. WITZEL/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 4:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 4:44 p.m.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Awarding Nick Saban an estimated $32 million contract to coach at the University of Alabama sets a bad precedent for college football, University of Florida President Bernie Machen said at a news conference here Saturday.

"I think that kind of escalation is not good for college football," he said. "I wish it hadn't happened."

Machen is in town for the BCS National Championship, where the Gators will face Ohio State Monday. He held a joint press conference with Karen Holbrook, president of OSU, where both presidents discussed the role of college athletics at major research institutions.

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