Here’s the rest of the story on John Chavis‘ decision to remain at LSU rather than becoming Georgia’s defensive coordinator:
The Baton Rouge Advocate reports today that the LSU Board of Supervisors next week will be asked to approve a new three-year, $700,000-per-year deal for Chavis, who is entering his second year as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. That represents a $250,000-per-year raise from Chavis’ $450,000 salary last year.
When LSU announced on Dec. 31 that Chavis would remain at the school despite being pursued by Georgia, LSU made it clear he’d get a sizeable raise. How sizeable was not disclosed at the time. Turns out, the raise comes to a whopping 55 percent.
The $700,000 salary does not include postseason bonuses, according to the Advocate.
The rising market for coordinator salaries in college football did not start with Georgia’s search for Willie Martinez’s replacement. But the search, which ended with Grantham becoming the third highest paid defensive coordinator in college football and three other candidates getting large raises to stay put, certainly solidified the trend.
Georgia last week hired Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham, signing him to a three-year, $750,000-a-year contract – more than double what Martinez was paid last year ($325,815).
Georgia is believed to have offered the same three-year, $750,000-per-year deal to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who decided not to return to his alma mater three days before the hiring of Grantham. Alabama has not yet disclosed Smart’s new salary.
Earlier in the process, Georgia pursued Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who stayed with the Hokies after having his contract sweeteed with an annuity that will pay him a lump sum -– reportedly as much as $1 million –- if he remains in the job another five years.
It’s a good time to be a defensive coordinator in demand.
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