Alabama approves three-year deals for new coordinators

The University of Alabama approved new contracts for several football assistant coaches Wednesday, including for new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Pete Golding.

Sarkisian, in his second stint under head coach Nick Saban, has a three-deal worth an average of $1.6 million per year. Golding, promoted after Tosh Lupoi left for the Cleveland Browns, has a three-year contract that will pay him a total of $3.5 million.

Alabama’s compensation pool for its 10 assistants has jumped to $7.541 million, up from $6.123 million last season, according to USA Today. Ohio State has the highest combined salaries for assistants last season at $7.383 million.

USA Today also reported that Alabama is paying nearly $565,000 in buyouts for four coaches it hired, in addition to lending Sarkisian $500,000.

Alabama has seven new assistant coaches for 2019. The six other than Sarkisian received two-year contracts.