Assistants recieve raises, Saban's salary has no change


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Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is now the highest paid assistant coach in University of Alabama history, and the first assistant to earn over $1 million a year. Smart will earn $1.15 million in year one of his new contract, a $200,000 increase from his preview salary, and then $1.35 million in years two and three of his contract, an additional $200,000 increase.

The Board of Trustees approved new contracts for Alabama head and assistant coaches during a conference call on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Head coach Nick Saban did not receive a raise. His salary remains $5.6 million per year after his raise around this same time last year.

The only change made to Saban’s contract was the adjusting of bonus amounts for post-season appearances because of the new BCS playoff system to begin in 2014. He will earn $200,000 for making the BCS semi-finals, $300,000 for playing in the championship game and $400,000 for winning the title.

Smart’s contract was also extended for an additional year, until Feb. 28, 2016.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier received a raise from $590,000 to $680,000.

New offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was the only new coaching contract approved. Cristobal is the former head coach at Florida International University. He will earn $475,000 per year on a two-year contract.

Lance Thompson, outside linebackers coach, will now earn $400,000 per year, which is a $25,000 raise. Tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams will also earn $400,000 per year, which is a $50,000 raise.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph received a $50,000 raise from $310,000 to $360,000 per year. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran received a $25,000 raise from $325,000 to $350,000 per year and running back coach Burton Burns received a $25,000 raise from $290,000 to $315,000 per year.

Secondary coach Greg Brown did not receive a raise, and his salary will remain $300,000 per year. Secondary coach William Napier will receive $300,000 in year one of his contract and $325,000 in his second year.

Kevin Steele, director of player personnel, will receive $200,000 per year.

The board also approved the hiring of athletic director Bill Battle. Battle will receive $620,000 per year through 2017.

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