Alabama's Kirby Smart gets raise to $1.15 million

Alabama's Kirby Smart gets raise to $1.15 million

April 17th, 2013 by David Paschall in Sports - College

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart works under Nick Saban now, but he was an assistant under Mark Richt at Georgia in 2005 and is a lifelong friend of Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

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Alabama's Kirby Smart will be the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football again this season.

Smart received a $200,000 raise during Tuesday's meeting of the university's board of trustees compensation committee and will make $1.15 million this year. The salary surpasses the $1.1 million that LSU's John Chavis will earn.

Chavis signed a three-year contract last year that will have him at $1.3 million during the 2014 season. Smart will make $1.35 million in '14 and '15 as part of a deal that runs through February 2016.

The only other college football assistant who makes seven figures is Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who has a salary of $1.3 million.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban did not get a raise -- he is scheduled to earn an average of $5.6 million annually through the 2019 season. Saban does have a new list of incentives for the '14 season, when the sport adopts a four-team playoff.

Should Alabama be among the final four teams, Saban will receive a bonus of $200,000. Reaching the championship game will earn him $300,000, and winning it would earn him $400,000.

Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's new salary for the next three seasons is $680,000 after he made $590,000 a year ago.

The salaries for the rest of the Tide staff are as follows: offensive line coach Mario Cristobal ($475,000), outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson ($400,000), tight ends coach Bobby Williams ($400,000), defensive line coach Chris Rumph ($360,000), running backs coach Burton Burns ($315,000), receivers coach Billy Napier ($300,000) and secondary coach Greg Brown ($300,000).

Bill Battle, who was hired last month as athletic director, received a four-year contract at $620,000 annually.

Henry has surgery

Freshman running back Derrick Henry underwent surgery Tuesday morning after fracturing his fibula during Saturday's second spring scrimmage.

In the Crimson Tide's two scrimmages, the touted early enrollee from Yulee, Fla., rushed 29 times for 131 yards. With Henry sidelined and with Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart still recovering from knee injuries suffered last season, the only healthy tailbacks for Saturday's A-Day game are sophomores T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.

"With the support of our medical staff and the hard work and dedication Derrick has shown since he arrived, we are confident that he will make a full recovery for the start of camp this fall," Saban said.

Alabama practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday and will work out again Thursday before this weekend's finale at Bryant-Denny Stadium.