Tennessee lures Sal Sunseri away from Alabama with a three-year, $2.4 million contract to become the Vols’ new defensive coordinator. (Every single assistant coach that’s signed on at UT in the last month has gotten a multi-year deal, which makes you wonder what AD Dave Hart will be doing if SOD doesn’t turn in a respectable 2012 season.)
Anyway, about Sunseri’s numbers:
Sunseri’s $800,000 salary makes him the third highest-paid assistant in the SEC behind Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and newly hired Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, although several guys are in line to get raises.
Several guys like the ones who coached the second-best and fifth-best defenses in the country. It’s a profitable time to be a good DC in the SEC. Didn’t we just go through this with Auburn and Tennessee a few years ago?