Alabama's Kirby Smart next million-dollar coordinator
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who garnered head-coaching interest from SEC teams such as Auburn and Arkansas, will join the million-dollar coordinator club.
Alabama's compensation committee is expected to approve a raise for Kirby Smart on Tuesday that pushes the Crimson Tide defensive coordinator over the $1 million annual mark, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Smart earned $950,000 last year and garnered head-coaching interest from Auburn and Arkansas.
The source said Smart's new deal is close or comparable to LSU's John Chavis, whose three-year deal last April included an average salary of $1.1 million.
The committee will alter coach Nick Saban's bonus package but will not increase his annual salary, the source said, in part because Saban didn't ask for a raise. The new bonus structure will accommodate the change from the BCS to the college football playoff in 2014-15.
Ranking the best draft-eligible college football players in the 2017 draft class
Taking a closer look at what went down during one of the biggest weekends of spring football...
The Wolverines will get a unique education in Italy, and maybe that's all that matters
Fitzerald is already the program's leader with 77 wins
Darryl Rudolph was just 55 years old
The Michigan coach nearly caused an international incident throwing a football