January 5th, 2011 02:39 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama
Tags: Auburn Gus Malzahn, Georgia Smart, Kirby Smart, Scott Cochran
In 2009, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was paid $360,000.
The Crimson Tide won the national championship and Georgia — Smart’s alma mater — came calling. But Smart stayed put. For his loyalty to Bama, UA more than doubled his salary (not unlike George C. Scott’s Scrooge to David Warner’s Bob Cratchit).
So in 2010, Smart was paid $750,000. Then rumors swirled that his old college teammate and buddy Will Muschamp was interested in having him join his new Gator staff down at Florida. But Smart stayed put. And now he’s getting another raise worth $100,000.
2009 — $360,000
2010 — $750,000
2011 — $850,000
Think the big football factories don’t have plenty of excess cash to throw around?
Of course, Smart’s salary doesn’t even make him the highest-paid coordinator in the state of Alabama. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn will make $1.3 million next season.
Joining Smart at the Tuscaloosa teller window is strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran who’ll receive a raise that will take his pay up to $290,000 next year.
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