When it was reported last week that Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh was going to be paid $150,000 a year, I immediately thought that he might be the lowest-paid in that position in the ACC.
So, I did some checking this morning (thanks to USA Today’s salary database) and discovered that yes, pre-bonus, Groh will be the lowest-paid defensive coordinator in the ACC, at least among the schools that have to report their coaches’ salaries.
Here is a chart, from highest-paid to lowest-paid, of the ACC’s defensive coordinators. Virginia’s Jim Reid is missing because his salary hasn’t been reported. Boston College, Duke, Miami and Wake Forest didn’t participate in USA Today’s report. The chart doesn’t include bonuses, just base pay:
Clemson’s Kevin Steele $575,000*
Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster $402,000
FSU’s Mark Stoops $400,000
UNC’s Everett Withers $330,000
Maryland’s Dan Brown $307,440
N.C. State’s Mike Archer $237,500
Ga. Tech’s Al Groh $150,000
* According to various reports, this is what Steele makes now. He got a $200k raise after Tennessee came calling.
Please keep in mind that Groh isn’t hurting for money, nor will he be. He’s receiving a buyout of $4 million-plus from Virginia. He will also receive a bonus from Tech of $321,000 in two years. And, if he’s still employed by Tech in two years, his salary will jump to $344,000.
So, if you divide the mandatory bonus of $321k by two and add it to Groh’s annual salary, he will actually make an average of $310.5 a year, not counting the bowl bonus.
If any of the other contracts have been reworked in the past month, let me know. My cursory check this morning didn’t turn up any hits for changes.
The biggest surprise to me is Steele’s raise. Against the better teams in the ACC — GT, Miami, for example — his defense got lit up. But, as I often say, what the heck do I know?