Kirby Smart expected to receive raise to over $1 million per year mark

Kirby Smart expected to receive raise to over $1 million per year mark

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]labama’s compensation committee meets later this afternoon and is expected to approve a raise for defensive coordinator Kirby Smart that will push him above the $1 million per year mark.

Kirby Smart is expected to become college football's next $1million coordinator.

Kirby Smart is expected to become college football’s latest $1million coordinator.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com that Smart’s new deal is close or comparable to that of LSU’s John Chavis, who signed a three-year deal last April with a salary of $1.1 million per year.

Smart’s current contract runs through 2015 and paid him $950,000 last year. He spoke with both Auburn and Arkansas about their head coach openings late last year.

Fowler’s source also said that the committee will change Nick Saban’s bonus structure to accommodate the change from the BCS to the college football playoff in 2014-15. Saban’s base salary will not increase, partly because Saban did not ask for a raise.

This time last year, Saban and all but one of his assistants received a raise. Saban’s contract was extended through the 2019 season and paid him an average of $5.6 million per year.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who was hired last year, made $590,000 in 2012.

Outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson made $375,000 in 2012. Tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams made $350,000, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran made $325,000, defensive line coach Chris Rumph made $310,000 and running backs coach Burton Burns made $290,000.

Offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, hired last month to replace Jeff Stoutland who left for the Philadelphia Eagles, will make $475,000 per year. Bama’s other new hires, wide receivers coach Billy Napier and secondary coach Greg Brown, will make $300,000.

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