… it’s also about how you spend it after you get it.
When Doug Nussmeier arrived at the University of Alabama campus in January, he was struck by the machine-like efficiency of the athletic department. The swath of crimson-accented employees acts like a tiny colony of bees, buzzing in unison, working toward a singular purpose.
There are 146 non-coaches who work in the university’s athletic department. There are nine individuals who work under athletic director Mal Moore alone. There are positions that range from your run-of-the-mill secretary to titles such as assistant director of player personnel and recruiting operations coordinator. [Emphasis added.]
Dear Lord. Nick Saban is trying to solve Alabama’s unemployment problem all by his lonesome.
There is no freaking way the little guys can hope to keep up with that. To put it in perspective, at North Texas, Dan McCarney’s budget ($3.5 million) for his support staff and administration is almost a million dollars less than what Alabama has shelled out just in increases to the salaries and benefits paid to support staff ($4,366,308) from 2009-11.
(By the way, with the hours he puts in, Todd Grantham’s pay works out to about $160 an hour. That seems more than fair, considering the results. But it wouldn’t be at North Texas, because there isn’t that kind of upside.)