Every day, Todd Grantham’s agent’s smile gets a little bigger.

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?



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17 responses to “Every day, Todd Grantham’s agent’s smile gets a little bigger.

  1. Go Dawgs!

    Wonder why they didn’t just throw the bank at Kirby Smart? Oh, what’s that? Oh, Saban runs the defense and Smart’s just going to huddle in his shadow as long as possible? Makes sense.


    • Smart doesn’t “huddle in the shadows”, his job description is very clear. Recruit, recruit, recruit so Saban has those beasts you saw defensively Monday night.


      • I highly doubt Saban would pay him what he does if he didn’t feel Smart did anything. He would just let him go and find someone else that was better or cheaper.


  2. AthensHomerDawg

    So….UT is now the NYY of the SEC?


  3. Rebar

    The level of pay for coordinators in the SEC is beginning to look like the USSR & USA in an arms race.


  4. mwo

    Maybe now that Gurley is in we can run the ball and give the defense a rest.


  5. stoopnagle

    Some of us are burning through our TV money pretty quick, eh? No wonder the SEC had to expand to renegotiate the TV deals…


  6. Puffdawgs

    Gurley to the Dawgs.


  7. BMan

    Grantham’s agent is Teddy KGB: pay that man his money.


  8. Cojones

    With Gurley coming aboard, imagine that Bobo has a large grin as well, but maybe for a diff reason.

    Yes sir, with a prima donna and a Gurley in the backfield we can go for the po…chorus line.


  9. HamDawg11

    If we lock up Grantham, then Richt’s list of excuses for not winning the crystal ball is getting awfully short. Gotta coach ’em up and get their minds and bodies ready to make a run in ’12. Opportunities like this don’t come by often, let’s hope they can get it done.


  10. X-Dawg

    Now if only the rumors about Trooper Taylor getting promoted to OC at AU are true…….


  11. Coach Hewitt...

    Whatever it takes Greg… Get Todd under contract, make him a happy camper… 🙂


  12. W Cobb Dawg

    Pay the man. Don’t screw it up.