Kirby Smart got $390,000 raise for rejecting Dogs, staying at Alabama

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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140 comments Add your comment

JCDawg

February 2nd, 2010
11:23 am

No surprise there.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

Wish I had gotten into coaching. Apparently a Def Co is as valuable as a left handed pitcher…..who knew?

Bama Just Got Schooled

February 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

Awesome.

Richt pulled a quick one on Bama & LSU and forced them all to pay their staffs more, leaving less money to go elsewhere.

Brilliant!

Dubose

February 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

Kirbster knew where the best shot he had to win titles and eventually get a top tier head coaching job. UGA is not that stepping stone and is no longer a top tier program or coaching job.

Mark Richt

February 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

You’re welcome Kirby.

GaGator

February 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

Smart move Kirby, next year or 2012 for sure you can come back to UGA as the HEAD COACH, when the dawgs realize that Richt is fading fast against Meyer, Saban, Miles, Strong, and Dan Mullins (Miss State)

Gaytor

February 2nd, 2010
11:38 am

I didn’t realize Louisville was in the SEC??

Jethro

February 2nd, 2010
11:38 am

Deny it if you will but the last two seasons and the 3 of 20 record had a big part in those two boys yesterday announce they are headed out of state to play college football.

Grantham Is Better Than Saban's Shadow

February 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

Grantham will dominate Bama for the next few years when we play them in the SEC Championship.

Saban will be sent into early retirement, Saban’s Shadow will be coaching little league somewhere.

GaGator

February 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

Gaytor

I didn’t realize Louisville was in the SEC??
You are correct, but when you play him in two years, you will see what a real Defensive coordinator looks like. It will also be the last nail in Richt’s coffin.

Grantham Rejected Saban

February 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

Let’s don’t forget the most painful truth of all…

Todd Grantham rejected working for Nick Saban, turned him down, spurned him, sent him packing.

Now Grantham’s working AGAINST Saban with his #1 competition.

Goodbye Bama, Hello Georgia!

CooperDawg

February 2nd, 2010
11:52 am

It’s easy to tell a Yech fan pretending to be a UF fan. All they talk about is how Richt is going to get fired (wishful thinking)

GeoffDawg

February 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

From a purely objective, career oriented standpoint, you can’t blame him at all for staying put. Why rock the boat when you’re going to be making the same money and are already on a major HC job fast track anyway? Good luck to him.

UGA- Simply the Best Baby!

February 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

1- #4 recruting class by espn.com (right behind National Champs Bama)
2- #4 number of top 100 recruits by scout.com
3- #9 ranking by rivals.com

Yeah baby.

SOOHSO

February 2nd, 2010
11:58 am

Rheumatism

February 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Well, you could look at all this positively. Instead of hiring Grantham right off the bat, we tried to sucker the top def. coordinators in the country to come coach here. Forcing them to get hefty raises, and taking money away from those colleges to be used later.

OZZFEST

February 2nd, 2010
12:01 pm

THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW NOT TO HANDLE A JOB OFFER.
ASK ANY HR MANAGER.

Tim

February 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

Kirby burned way too many bridges during all of this. There is no way he comes back as HC at UGA…

Bama Defense In Trouble in 2010

February 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

Saban’s Shadow will need all that money now, because he lost:
-3 linebackers
-3 defensive lineman
-3 defensive secondary

Good luck winning more than 8 games in 2010 with 9 defensive starters GONE.

Sounds almost as bad as Florida’s horrible nightmare of a situation.

Both Florida and Bama had DEVASTATING LOSSES in talent this year. Really down, WAAaaaay down.

dap01

February 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

Did Smart tell about his raise or did his Daddy (Nick Sabab) release the salary?

UGA probably came out better by hiring Granthom. He atleast can speak for himself.

jellybeandawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:10 pm

I feel that Kirby made the right decision and don’t blame him at all. I personally would have stayed at Bama also. At bama he is in a win/ win scenario, risks nothing, and is lined up to land the next great HC job available. If he came to UGA there is no win/win scenario. He can only stay at his current level but potentially stands to loose everything if the program continues to slide.
The truth of the matter is that the UGA program is in a current state of decline. Richts glory days are well behind him and he has become complacent, lazy, and over-tanned. UGA football is a sinking ship and Smart made the right decision.

Gratefuldawghead

February 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

Saban could make Martinez look good coaching defense. I never want to see Kirby in Red & Black again!!!!
GO DAWGS!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 2nd, 2010
12:12 pm

jellybean, you ain’t no dawg……..my guess is GT….tell me I’m wrong, go ahead and lie

Tim

February 2nd, 2010
12:14 pm

From Kirby’s career point of view, he made the best choice. Unfortunately, the way he handled it was completely wrong. Oh well…

Gratefuldawghead

February 2nd, 2010
12:18 pm

Kirby Ain’t my DAWG!
GO Grantham’s Junk Yard Dawgs!!!!

Arlo

February 2nd, 2010
12:18 pm

I think Bama can afford to pay their DC $750,000.00 per year. After all they are the SEC Champions, have the Heissman winner & are National Champions as well and as a result, millions of $$ came into Alabama’s coffers this season. UGA is paying their DC the same amount of money without the credentials that Kirby Smart has. I wouldn’t credit Richt with being a sly fox on this one.

That Guy

February 2nd, 2010
12:19 pm

@ Bama Just Got Schooled February 2nd, 2010 11:36 am

You’re an idiot. Huge difference between Bama and the rest of college football. Bama was working with a discounted priced coach who just earned his raise, while the rest of college football is looking at the elephants A$$ trying to catch up with them and throwing money around hand over fist in an effort to attain their lofty status.

Football factories have a way of pulling money out of their a$$e$ like that. Doesn’t matter if it stinks or not, it all spends the same.

Good luck with Booboo and friends.

Jax Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Only a Gator fan would use Louisville and Mississippi State as threats. That’d be like saying “Watch out for Oklahoma if your ever play them, Willie Martinez once coached at Georgia.” Dan Mullins and Charlie Strong both deserved a shot to coach, but let’s wait until they’ve won more than a handful of games collectively before we use them to scare Coach Richt.

Brad

February 2nd, 2010
12:20 pm

Its funny how our rivals say Richt is a bad coach and they will be glad when he is fired….this makes no sense…if you think he is a bad coach shouldn’t you want him to stay? Funny how outsiders are so eager to get Richt out of Athens…I guess its his winning record against EVERY SEC school save Florida… and an even record with LSU (3 and 3)

Brad

February 2nd, 2010
12:22 pm

GaGator I’ll put a little side wager with you on the Louisville-UGA game if you want…name the stakes.

Grantham Rejected Saban

February 2nd, 2010
12:24 pm

Something not too many people have thought about, but is very likely to happen. Georgia will only play 2 games where they won’t be favorites:
Florida & Auburn. Grantham will make sure Georgia’s defense is solid, our offense brings back 10 out of 11 starters, and our special teams–best punter/kicker combo in football.

If Georgia goes undefeated in 2010, Saban & Meyer would both leave in 2010.

Neither Saban or Meyer have EVER stayed in one place more than 5 or 6 years. EVER!

Jax Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

I don’t think Lady GaGa-tor will put his money where his mouth is on that one.

Richt Crushes Saban

February 2nd, 2010
12:28 pm

Nick Saban Winning %: .690
Mark Richt Winnning %: .769

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

So, Grantham rejected Saban. But didn’t Kirby reject Richt?

Which one is worse? One additional factor, Kirby and his wife both graduated from the school that he rejected.

Game Over… But I’m sure that you really didn’t want him. And rescinded his offer after he said “no thanks.”

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 2nd, 2010
12:30 pm

Saban: 2 National Titles
Richt: 0 National Titles and has never played in a National Title game

Gotta love that Athens logic!

They don't call Kirby...

February 2nd, 2010
12:30 pm

…Smart for nothing!!!!!

Mike T.

February 2nd, 2010
12:32 pm

UGA is paying their DC the same amount of money without the credentials that Kirby Smart has. I wouldn’t credit Richt with being a sly fox on this one.

Uh, and were is Kirby Smart’s NFL coaching experience? Oh yeah, he don’t have any.

Bremen Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Now all of the nay sayers can shutup saying that Kirby stayed because the UGA program is going down hill, blah, blah, blah. He stayed for the same amount of money and what is the sense to change jobs for the same pay.

Paul (You doesn't have to call me JOHNSON)

February 2nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Just waiting for the NCAA investigations to begin with the Gumps. They always do after a NC appears in the Bama program. Last was Gene Stallings and Albert Means.

Every team in the SEC is guilty of NCAA violations. Some of them are actually enforced by the inept NCAA.

Unfortunately for Alabama the NCAA watches them like a hawk due to their prior history of unprecedented violations and infractions

pi$$onatechie

February 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

People, its all about coaching..5 stars, 4 stars doesnt mean a thing, its all about coaching, here is a good example..McClain the Alabama star was a 3 stars recruit, under Shula he was an average LB at best with Saban he is an all American and 1st rd draft pick. another good example, Odell Thurman was a 3 stars recruit, under BVG he was a super star despite being an alcoholic. Thurman could be the best LB in the NFL if it wasnt for his stupidity

Tim

February 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

Diamond Dog – Any logical UGA fan will tell you that yes, he had an offer on the table, and rejected it at the last minute. That sucks. But, it is what it is, and I feel like who we ended up with will be just as capable as Kirby

Bremen Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

I think we got the better deal with Grantham, he has a ton more experience and all he knows is NFL aggressive style 3-4 D. Put that is the SEC and you have a dominate D. Give us two years and look out.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 2nd, 2010
12:40 pm

Mike T:

I believe Kirby coached for Miami in 2006. That’s right, the Miami Dolphins. But I don’t get that counts.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 2nd, 2010
12:42 pm

Tim:

That’s a valid point. I agree with you in the long run you probably got the better coach. That being said, you have to admit that the majority of UGA fans (sidewalk) scream that once someone rejects them, that they were never wanted them in the first place.

Looks like dawgs had to cough up more money too.

February 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

Let’s see CMR has to raise the stakes for a DC. He offered Smart, who turned him down to stay at Bama and got a raise. It seems to me that CMR has to pay $750,000 to get someone so what’s the difference in Smart getting more money and Ga having to pay it. At least Smart earned his and it was due. Can’t say that yet about Ga Dc. Also you dawg fans how many national titles have you one? Even if I say 8 for us ( really 13) it’s more than you will ever have, unless it’s gymnastics.

jellybeandawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:46 pm

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho you stupid Jack ass is this your response to anyone who doesn’t kiss Fake Juice Richts ass? Just because I don’t ra ra mediocrity, drink Richts kool aid, and can see with my own two eyes that the program is in a state of decline doesn’t make me any less of a fan.

Your stupid response is exactly the same as last time. Its obvious you just copy and paste it because you are to stupid to write something new and creative.

Dawg Nuts and Mountain Oysters Club

February 2nd, 2010
12:50 pm

I’m glad he got a little extra. I like Kirby. Yep, I would have liked him even more if he’d switched sides.

dobearsbare

February 2nd, 2010
12:54 pm

@ dap01: Because Smart works for a state-funded university, his salary is a matter of public record. So Saban didn’t have to say anything.

Otto

February 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

jellybeandawg, Agreed. Grantham may work out but it was certainly the better call for Smart to stay at Bama. He is in line for a HC job and it may even be UGA. If he went to UGA he risks everything and has a very small chance of becoming the HC at UGA if CMR does not last.

jaxdawg

February 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Arlo, you sir are an IDIOT! Grantham doesn’t have the same credentials as Kirby Smart?? You gotta be kidding me. He coached in the NFL for 11 years and was a DC for 3 of those years. I really wish all these haters would get outta here.