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Tide’s Kirby Smart becomes latest million-dollar coordinator

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The subject of many a rumor on the last couple of spins of the coaching carousel, Kirby Smart has instead remained at Alabama as Nick Saban‘s defensive right-hand man.

In recognition for both that loyalty and the productivity of the Tide’s defense, Smart will become the latest collegiate coordinator to hit the seven-figure mark in annual salary.

As expected, UA’s Board of Trustees approved Tuesday a significant increase in pay for the football program’s defensive coordinator.  Per the terms of the new deal, which runs through January of 2016, Smart will make $1.15 million in 2013 and $1.35 million in both 2014 and 2015.

Around this time last year, Smart’s pay was increased from $850,000 to $950,000 for 2012.  Smart’s 2013 salary will be more than 54 FBS head coaches earned in 2012.

Smart joins Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris ($1.3 million) and LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis ($1.1 million) in the million-dollar-plus club.  The trio will be joined next year by new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who will make $600,000 in 2013 before his salary jumps to $1.3 million in 2014.

Smart’s counterpart on the other side of the ball, Doug Nussmeier, saw his salary increase from $590,000 in his first year on the job to $680,000.  The offensive coordinator’s contract was also extended into 2016.  The four other assistants who were on Saban’s 2012 coaching staff also received raises of varying degrees according to al.com: outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson ($400,000), special teams/tight ends coach Bobby Williams ($400,000), defensive line coach Chris Rumph ($360,000) and running backs coach Burton Burns ($315,000).

Saban, the highest-paid head coach in the game at just under $5.5 million, did not realize an additional salary increase coming off the Tide’s third BCS title the past four years — he received a $50,000 increase under the terms of a new deal agreed to in 2012 —  but did see his bonus structure tweaked.  To coincide with the new four-team playoff that will begin following the 2014 regular season, Saban will earn a $200,000 bonus for a semifinal appearance; a $300,000 bonus for winning a semifinal and making it to the national championship game; and a $400,000 bonus for winning a national championship.

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7 Responses to “Tide’s Kirby Smart becomes latest million-dollar coordinator”
  1. be4bama says: Apr 16, 2013 5:59 PM

    Money well spent.

  2. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 5:59 PM

    He deserves it. No telling how much the football program made last year.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Apr 16, 2013 6:15 PM

    Money talks. Those that have it walk the walk. Smile all the way to the bank.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 17, 2013 9:41 AM

    In order to remain competitive you have to attract and retain the best coaches and players. Kids come to Saban because they realize that he could enhance their chances for the NFL. Had lunch yesterday with Texas supporters and they came right out and asked how much it would take to hire Saban. I told them I don’t know and asked why would Saban want to leave a dominant program in a strong conference that has his marks all over it, is a legend to a legend (Bear), and is still manufacturing national championships?

    Their answer, We’re Texas. We have the facilities and money and talent.

    So where has that got you?

    Crickets.

    Roll Tide

  5. 11inthebox says: Apr 17, 2013 11:08 AM

    @ amosalanzostagg

    Not sure who you’re hanging out with. But it seems to me Mack Brown and his staff understand what it takes to win and that the model for success is found in Tuscaloosa. That’s why they went to Alabama and hired Patrick Suddes as their new player personnel director. It may not translate into immediate success, but you gotta admit, it’s a pretty good start.

  6. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    Good for Kirby Dumb, Roll Turd.

  7. packerbadger says: Apr 17, 2013 3:08 PM

    Hey, he gets paid what some of his players probably get paid! Plus, he doesn’t have to go to school just like his players! Brilliant!

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