Income tax time is about to come for most people, but the University of Alabama Board of Trustees decided to take care of its football staff on Tuesday.
While former players took the field for Pro Day, seven assistant coaches had their contracts approved as the Crimson Tide prepares for next season. According to an article from USA TODAY Sports, Alabama is paying its assistants over $7 million for 2019 and handling $565,000 in buyouts for the coaches that were hired over from different schools.
The new assistants for the Tide include Steve Sarkisian, Charles Kelly, Charles Huff, Brian Baker, Sal Sunseri and Holmon Wiggins (contract not disclosed). Listed below are the numbers from the approved deals for each coach.
Contracts on UA assistant coaches for 2019
Steve Sarkisian, OC/QB coach – $1.55 million
Pete Golding, DC/ILB coach – $1.1 million
Charles Kelly, Associate DC/Safeties coach – $800,000 ($110, 000 buyout from Tennessee)
Brian Baker, DL coach – $750,000 ($200,000 buyout from Mississippi State)
Kyle Flood, OL coach – $650,000
Sal Sunseri, OLB coach – $650,000 ($120,000 buyout from Florida)
Charles Huff, RB coach – $525,000 ($140,000 buyout from Mississippi State)
Cochran’s contract is the most puzzling of the group, especially when one factors his impact on the program year-round and how he still has not been made a $1 million man yet.
His intensity in making gladiators out of young men has guided Alabama to winning five national championships under Nick Saban, including two in the College Football Playoff era.
Cochran falls second to Clemson’s Joey Batson in terms of finances, as the Tigers’ strength coach pockets $600,000.
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