The ripple effects of Georgia’s long, expensive search for a defensive coordinator continued today when a $390,000-per-year raise was approved for Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
Smart, a former Georgia player, turned down the Bulldogs’ DC job four days before Todd Grantham was hired.
And today it became known how much it cost Alabama to keep Smart.
The compensation committee of the board of trustees of the University of Alabama System approved a new contract that will pay Smart a base salary of $750,000 per year -– more than double the $360,000 base salary he made last season. (Click here or here or here for more details from Alabama newspapers on the committee’s action.)
Smart is one of three defensive coordinators to get hefty raises after declining Georgia’s overtures. Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster had an annuity added to his existing contract that will pay him an $800,000 lump sum if he remains with the Hokies for another five years. And LSU’s John Chavis received a $250,000-per-year raise to $700,000 per year.
Not coincidentally, Smart’s new $750,000 salary is the same amount that Georgia offered him -– and the same amount that Georgia is paying Grantham.
So Smart and Grantham — at least for the moment — share the distinction of being the third highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football, behind only USC’s Monte Kiffin ($1.2 million base salary plus $300,000 bonus last year at Tennessee) and Will Muschamp ($900,000 at Texas). Smart can surpass Grantham on the pay scale on March 1, when Smart will receive a $34,400 bonus if he’s still at Alabama. Grantham’s contract also includes a series of potential bonuses, but none are payable until after the 2010 season.
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