Alabama assistants get new deals; Pruitt earning $1 million
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) New Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will make $1 million annually under his three-year deal.
The compensation committee of the University of Alabama system trustees approved Pruitt's contract Tuesday, along with new deals for eight other football assistants for the defending national champions.
Former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who left to become head coach at Georgia, made $1.5 million last season.
New defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley will make $395,000 and first-year guards and centers coach Brent Key is making $350,000. New defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is making $275,000. All three have two-year deals.
Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is the only returning assistant who didn't receive a raise. He's entering the final year of a three-year deal worth $2.074 million, but is still receiving his buyout money after being fired as Southern California's head coach.
Co-defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran and running backs coach Burton Burns all got six-figure raises.
Lupoi's three-year deal pays $550,000 annually, a $125,000 raise. Burns, who coaches running backs and special teams, will make $475,000, a raise of $130,000.
Cochran got a $105,000 pay hike to $525,000 in his three-year deal.
Athletic director Bill Battle described Cochran to trustees as ''the loudest, most energetic coach in America.''
''He's the equivalent of a coordinator but he contributes to our team and to our coaching staff,'' Battle said.
Wide receivers coach Billy Napier and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal received smaller raises and will make $350,000 and $525,000, respectively.
Women's basketball coach Kristy Curry received a four-year contract, including a $40,000 raise to $440,000 a year.