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.