June 16, 2024

It was necessary for someone to take Nick Saban’s place as the highest-paid college football coach. The best candidate for the position is Kirby Smart.

Georgia renegotiated the contract with the adored coach, offering Smart a ten-year compensation of $13 million. That puts him ahead of Dabo Swinney of Clemson by a few million, which Swinney can bring up at his next salary discussion.

And Smart can earn  a lot more than that with annual bonuses well over another million.

Smart is getting a $2,5 million raise, And it is a bargain for the folks in Athens. In his eight seasons, he has a ridiculous 94-16 overall record and 56-9 record in league games. Except for his 8-5 first season and 8-2 COVID year, Smart has won at least 11 games every campaign. He has two  national titles so far and is 42-2 the last three seasons.

The Bulldogs lost a bunch of guys to the NFL, but Smart has simply reloaded and has a team considered one of the national title favorites in 2024.

Another good thing about Smart, not a whiff of trouble off the field. A good guy with a nice family, who has his dream job at his alma mater.

He is only 48 and on path to be an easy, first-ballot College Football Hall of Famer. But he isn’t stepping away any time soon. It won’t be easy to walk away from his current salary, which is only going to grow.

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