Alabama’s Smart gets $3.85 million, 3-year deal
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is receiving a hefty
raise while boss Nick Saban’s salary is staying put.
University trustees on Tuesday approved a three-year deal that
would be worth $3.85 million for Smart. Saban’s terms and salary
remained the same except for performance bonuses changed to reflect
a four-team playoff that will start in two seasons.
Saban will make $200,000 if Alabama makes it to the semifinals,
$300,000 for a berth in the championship game and $400,000 for a
title. He has led the Tide to three of the last four national
Saban received a deal in March 2012 worth nearly $45 million
over eight years, running through January 2020.
Smart received a raise last year to $950,000 and interviewed for
the head coaching position at Auburn. He will make $1.15 million
next season and $1.35 million each of the following two years.
Smart, whose defense has annually been among the nation’s best,
would owe the university $72,000 if he left for a job with another
team other than head coach.
New athletic director Bill Battle’s four-year deal worth
$620,000 annually plus bonuses for academic and on-field
achievements was also approved. He gets free use of a university
plane for 25 hours each year.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier received a $90,000 raise to
$680,000. Like Smart, he has a three-year deal running through Feb.
Each of Saban’s on-field assistants will make at least $300,000.
The non-coordinators all have two-year deals.
Trustees also approved contracts for Saban’s three new
assistants: offensive line coach Mario Cristobal ($475,000 per
year); secondary Greg Brown ($300,000) and wide receivers coach
Billy Napier ($300,000 first year, $325,000 second).
New director of player personnel Kevin Steele will make $200,000
Defensive line coach Chris Rumph ($410,000) and tight
ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams ($400,000) got $50,000
raises. The assistants also receive memberships to North River
Yacht Club under their deals and can collect postseason bonuses of
up to 16 percent.
Trustees chairman Paul Bryant Jr. pointed out on the conference
call that several Tide staffers have been Division I head coaches –
Cristobal at Florida International, Williams at Michigan State and
Steele at Baylor.
”At least three of these assistant coaches that we’re fortunate
enough to have been very successful Division I head coaches as
well,” Bryant said. ”I just thought I’d mention that.”
Associate head coach and running backs coach Burton Burns
($315,000), outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson ($400,000) and
strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran ($350,000) got bumps