Once again, the University of Georgia helped Kirby Smart advance in his profession.
This time, his alma mater indirectly contributed to his salary more than doubling. The Compensation Committee of the Alabama Board of Trustees approved his sweetened contract Tuesday morning.
After the Bulldogs tried to bring the Tide defensive coordinator back to Athens, Smart agreed to terms on a new contract with Alabama that bumps his base salary from $360,000 a year to $750,000 annually. There is no buy-out clause in the contract if he leaves for a head coaching job, but one of $72,000 if he bolts for any other position.
Awarded the Broyles Award after the regular season as the nation’s top assistant, Smart led the dominating Alabama defense that hovered near the top of the national rankings all season in nearly every major category.
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He’s also known for his recruiting skill as he’s landed some of the top names in recent classes from Georgia.
The committee also approved contracts for baseball coach Mitch Gaspard, football assistant Jeremy Pruitt and women’s basketball coach Wendell Hudson.
Gaspard gets $175,000/year plus $50,000 talent fee over his three-year deal.
Pruitt, who was promoted from director of player development to a defensive assistant, will make $190,000 in 2010 and $200,000 in ‘11.
Hudson’s contract was extended through 2013 with the same pay $150,000/year plus $145,000 talent fee. His expense allowance is now $12,000 and got a signing bonus of $18,000.
McClain, Jackson added
Alabama underclassmen Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson were added to the list of NFL Scout Combine participants when the expanded roster was announced Tuesday.
The two join seniors Javier Arenas, Terrence Cody, Brandon Deaderick, Kareem Jackson, Mike Johnson, Colin Peek, Leigh Tiffin, Lorenzo Washington and Justin Woodall.
The annual display of high jumping, 40-yard dashing and other athletic and mental tests is scheduled for Feb. 27-March 2 in Indianapolis.