• Jaron Ruth

Georgia's Kirby Smart Has Secured the Bag



After leading the Georgia Bulldogs to the school's first National Championship since 1980, Kirby Smart has been given a contract extension. The two sides came to terms and made the announcement official around lunch time today (July 21, 2022), Smart's new contract will be a 10 year deal giving him $112.5 million of the length of the contract.

From what I can find through my research across the web, this will be the largest contract ever paid to a college football coach. This new contract makes him the highest paid coach in the SEC, obviously, leapfrogging Nick Saban. Saban has an interesting clause in his contract that guarantees his salary can be adjusted as the coaching market changes, so look to see his contract adjust to reflect the new top notch on the coaching contract market.

Highest Paid SEC Head Coaches

  1. Kirby Smart, Georgia, $11.2 million per year

  2. Nick Saban, Alabama, $10.6 million per year

  3. Brian Kelly, LSU, $9.5 million per year

  4. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M, $9 million per year

  5. Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss, $7.2 million per year

  6. Billy Napier, Florida, $7.1 million per year

  7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky, $6.7 million per year

  8. Sam Pittman, Arkansas, $6 million per year

  9. Mike Leach, Mississippi State, $5.5 million per year

  10. Bryan Harsin, Auburn, $5 million per year

  11. Josh Heupel, Tennessee, $4 million per year

  12. Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri, $3.9 million per year

  13. Shane Beamer, South Carolina, $2.7 million per year

  14. Clark Lea, Vanderbilt, $2.5 million per year

Kirby Smart Resume

  • Coach Smart took over the head coaching duties for the Georgia Bulldogs on December 6, 2015. Previously he had been on Alabama's coaching staff as the defensive coordinator.

  • Since becoming the Bulldog's head coach, he has landed a Top 10 recruiting class each season, twice receiving the number one recruiting class ranking according to 247Sports.

  • SEC Coach of the Year - 2017, 2021

  • SEC Champions 2017

  • SEC East Division Champions - 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

  • College Football Playoff National Champions 2021

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