ESPN: Alabama approves coach contracts
Smart, 37, was granted a $200,000 raise to make him the highest paid defensive coordinator in the game, surpassing LSU's John Chavis, who will average $1.2 million over the next two years. Smart will make $1.35 million in 2014 and 2015.
I'm not one to make a big deal about head coaches salaries, they are what they are. They're a commodity. I raised a few eye brows when a coordinator is being paid close to BCS head coaches. But that's just big-time college athletics, not a whole you can. If anything this is going to get worse IMO.
The board also approved raises to offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier ($680,000 from $590,000), defensive line coach Chris Rumph ($360,000 from $310,000), linebackers coach Lance Thompson ($400,000 from $375,000), tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams ($400,000 from $350,000) and running backs coach Burton Burns ($315,000 from $290,000).
Additionally, two-year contracts of three new assistants were approved: Offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will make $475,000 in base salary while wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Billy Napier and defensive backs coach Greg Brown are set to make $300,000 each.
Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran received a $25,000 raise, bringing his annual salary to $350,000.
New director of player personnel Kevin Steele's two-year contract was approved at $200,000 per year.
I can't believe Bama hired Greg Brown, he did a horrendous job at CU as their DC,