Alabama coaching salaries increase 40 percent since winning titles

Winning pays.

Alabama football coaches can tell you that much. Salaries for the nine assistants and Nick Saban grew 40.1 percent from the since the Crimson Tide won two national titles in three seasons. The assistants alone will make 45.1 percent more this year compared to 2009 while Saban was bumped 36.3 percent.

These figures include just the base salaries for the 10 coaching positions that have change hands a few times in some cases.

In all, the 10 were paid $6.7 million in 2009. After yesterday’s contract amendments, the same 10 positions will earn $9.4 million in 2012.

Saban’s 36 percent base pay increase took the figure from $3.9 million to $5.3 million, but his raise wasn’t close to the largest over the same time frame. That title easily belongs to defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Smart’s salary jumped 163 percent since making $360,000 three seasons ago. Then Georgia came calling and his salary went to $750,000. Raises of a cool $100,000 came twice since then to make him a $950,000-man this fall.

Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran’s pay more than doubled from $160,000 to $325,000.

The smallest increase over that period belonged to the two offensive line coaches. Current coach Jeff Stoutland will make just 1.2 percent more than Joe Pendry did in 2009, but that number comes with an asterisk. Stoutland was the only assistant who didn’t receive a raise for the 2012 season. (Click here to read why).

Among coaches who have been here the whole time, Burton Burns’ pay increased the least. The running backs coach who led Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson earned pay increases totaling 16 percent since Ingram’s Heisman Trophy season of 2009.

Here’s the full breakdown:
ASSISTANTS
Position………..2009 ………… 2012 ……..percent. increase
Def. coordinator .. $360,000 ……. $950,000……… 163%
Strength/cond…… $160,000 …….. $325,000…….. 103%
Off. coordinator …. $360,000 ……..$590,000 ………61%
Receivers…………. $225,000……. $285,000……… 26.7%
Defensive line ……$250,000 …….. $310,000……… 24%
TE/Special. ……… $290,000 ……. $350,000……… 20.7%
Running backs….. $250,000 ……… $290,000……… 16%
Linebackers………. $325,000……….$375,000……… 15.4%
Defensive backs… $235,000 ……. $260,000…….. 10.6%
Offensive line…….$390,000 ……..$395,000 ……….1.2%
Total …………..$2,8455,000 …$4,130,000… 40.1%

HEAD COACH
Saban …………..$3,900,000………….$5,316,667 ….36.3 percent

Keep in mind all 10 are eligible for bonuses every season. More winning will trigger those one-time payments and certainly lead to more base-pay raises for all involved.

But, as Saban said, it’s all in the game.

“It’s imperative that we keep continuity and we have an opportunity to be competitive salary-wise with other schools who are trying to hire our coaches,” he said. “It doesn’t really what my opinion is or what anyone else’s opinion is or anyone else’s opinion.

“The market is what it is and if we’re not willing to pay that to the best people that we have, they’re not going to be here.”


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