Wait, it gets better (or worse, depending on where your rooting interests lie). Payments toward this buyout are expected to continue through 2015 and could hit $19 million if the current rate holds.
That’s a lot of money for a coach that has dabbled at another school, an NFL team and has since landed in Kansas for his next "new" gig.
It also got us thinking about $19 million—if that number is actually hit in the next few years—and what Notre Dame could have purchased with such large funds.
Here are some very realistic options:
A $19 million pony
Nick Saban (again)
Solid gold uniforms to match their solid gold helmets
703,703 bottles of Makers Mark
The Big East
38,000 New iPads
A LOT of talented recruits
6,333,333 Big Macs
A BCS trophy (You could always buy one, 'cause, you know)
Bobby Petrino’s crashed motorcycle, and then $18,995,000 in gas
A pretty awesome mansion or three
Nick Saban (one more time)