Grantham got a raise. In the rarefied atmosphere of what SEC defensive coordinators make, his $825,000 per year isn’t that outrageous. Per Chris Low,
Grantham, entering his third season on the Bulldogs’ staff, becomes the fourth highest-paid defensive coordinator in the SEC. LSU’s John Chavis has agreed to a new three-year deal that will pay him an average of $1.1 million per year. He’ll make $900,000 in 2012, $1.1 million in 2013 and $1.3 million in 2014. Alabama’s Kirby Smart received a raise following the 2011 season that took him to $950,000 annually, while first-year Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is making $850,000 per year.
Right behind that bunch, I believe, is Tennessee’s Sal Sunseri, at $800,000/year. It’s his first stint as a defensive coordinator at the FBS level.
Okay, here’s the fun part. Here’s how those schools finished in total defense last year:
- Alabama, 1st
- LSU, 2nd
- Georgia, 5th
- Tennessee, 27th
- Auburn, 80th
By the way, Florida’s Dan Quinn is paid $500,000 annually. Last year’s Gator defense finished eighth in total defense.
If you’re smelling a reader poll coming, you guessed right. Which of these six schools gets the most for its money from its DC this season?