Alabama had the highest-paid assistant football coaching staff in the nation a year ago and it wasn’t even close. The $ 8.85 million paid to 10 coaches surpassed second-ranked Ohio State by nearly a million.
Well, those numbers will drop in 2021.
The departure of the nation’s highest-paid aide, Steve Sarkisian, contributed to lower wages for new Crimson Tide employees, according to memorandums of understanding they signed with the school.
Documents obtained through public records requests show that the five new Alabama aides will collectively earn $ 1,465 less than those who preceded them.
The former Houston Texans head coach and Tide’s new offensive coordinator will make $ 1.1 million in 2021. That’s $ 1.4 million less than Sarkisian’s $ 2.5 million salary in 2020.
Only one of the five will earn more than its predecessor. Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone will receive $ 755,000 a year, $ 105,000 more than Kyle Flood earned last year before leaving to join the Sarkisian staff in Texas.
New tight ends / special teams coach Jay Graham’s paycheck will be $ 130,000 less than Kyle Flood’s, while the other two drops are significantly less. Jay Valai will receive $ 25,000 less than Karl Scott to coach the high school, while Robert Gillespie’s salary is $ 15,000 less than Charles Huff’s.
|Job||2021/2020||2021 pay||Payment 2020||Difference|
|boss||O’Brien / Sarkisian||$ 1,100,000||$ 2,500,000||– $ 1,400,000|
|OL||Brown / Flood||$ 755,000||$ 650,000||$ 105,000|
|TEA||Graham / Banks||$ 595,000||$ 725,000||– $ 130,000|
|DB||Valai / Scott||$ 525,000||$ 550,000||– $ 25,000|
|RB||Gillespie / Huff||$ 535,000||$ 550,000||– $ 15,000|
|$ 3,510,000||$ 4,975,000||– $ 1,465,000|
Both Flood and Banks got sizable raises to go to Texas. Flood, now Sarkisian’s offensive coordinator, will earn $ 1.1 million, The Texas Tribune reported last week. He made $ 650,000 in Tuscaloosa last year. Banks jumped to $ 1 million from $ 795,000 in Alabama in 2020.
Whether total Alabama coaching salary drops depends on the status of agreements for returning coaches starting in 2020. Attendees typically receive raises after a national title, but that hasn’t happened before board compensation of trustees. committee to date.
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Big house or in Facebook.