Alabama football notes: Assistants’ raises approved

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerApril 23, 2010 

The long anticipated pay raises for Alabama assistant coaches were approved Thursday along with a few tweaks to Nick Saban’s contract.

The compensation committee of UA System board of trustees approved the raises for five assistants that ranged from $15,000 to $50,000 next season.

For Saban, a life insurance policy was added and the structure of his completion bonuses was amended. Under the terms of the extension signed before the 2009 season, he would receive three payouts totaling $5 million when hitting certain milestones in the contract that runs through the 2017 season.

Now, he’ll receive payments every season. The amendment called for the first of three $533,333.33 checks on April 15, 2010, another Feb. 15, 2011, and another Feb. 15, 2012. The final six installments will all total $566,666.67 apiece with the last payment date scheduled for Feb. 15, 2018.

For the assistants, their contribution to the BCS national title were rewarded with pay hikes.

Offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran got the biggest raises $50,000 a piece for next season. Cochran, whose “fourth quarter” conditioning program was cited several times as a major contributing factor to big wins in 2009, will make $210,000 in 2010 and get another raise to $225,000 in 2011.

McElwain increase from $360,000 to $410,000 doesn’t come close to the boost received by defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. After Georgia, Smart’s alma mater tried to hire him away in January, the Tide more than doubled his 2009 salary of $360,000 to $750,000 for each of the next three seasons.

Other assistant pay raises approved Thursday include Joe Pendry (offensive line) from $390,000 to $425,000 in 2010 and $450,00 in 2011, Sal Sunseri (linebackers) from $325,000 to $350,000 a year for the next two and Bobby Williams (tight ends/special teams) from $290,000 to $305,000 for the next two seasons.

Extensions through Feb. 29, 2012 without raises were approved for Curt Cignetti (wide receivers/recruiting coordinator), Burton Burns (running backs), Bo Davis (defensive line) and Willie Carl Martin (director of player development).

Ingram to throw out first pitch

The Tide baseball team will have another stand-in from the football program tossing out the first pitch.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will put his right arm on display before a 4:05 p.m. Saturday home game with Ole Miss at Sewell Thomas Stadium.

Head coach Nick Saban threw a strike before the Tide’s SEC opener with Vanderbilt on March 19.

Assistant pay raises

Joe Pendry from $390,000 to $425,000 (2010-11) and $450,000 (2011-12)

Sal Sunseri from $325,000 to $350,000 (2010-11 and 2011-12)

Jim McElwain from $360,000 to $410,000 (2010-11 and 2011-12)

Bobby Williams from $290,000 to $305,000 (2010-11 and 2011-12)

Scott Cochran from $160,000 to $210,000 (2010-11) and $225,000 (2011-12)

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