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Alabama's Kirby Smart next million-dollar coordinator

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.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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