Good news for NFL coaches: Georgia breaks bank for Kirby Smart

Georgia Bulldogs CFP National Championship Parade
Getty Images

The explosion in compensation for football coaches continues.

The university of Georgia has signed Kirby Smart to a 10-year, $112.5 million contract. That works out to $11.25 million per year.

And within a few years, it likely will look like a not-great deal.

The money keeps climbing and climbing across the board in football, both pro and college. It’s the most popular sport in America, and the ongoing spread of legalized gambling has served only to pump even more cash into the game — and into the bank accounts of those connected to it.

For NFL coaches, Smart’s deal raises the bar. Not only does it give them leverage for driving up what NFL teams will or should pay for an area of the business not subject to a salary cap, but it also gives pro coaches leverage to jump for a college job that entails more money and possibly greater security.

Smart’s deal comes at a time when he’s being criticized for recently whining about NIL money for players. (Shannon Sharpe went after Smart, aggressively.) He should instead be happy that players can only get their money indirectly from the schools. If the cash were coming from the university’s budget, there may not be enough left to pay Smart eight figures per year.

7 responses to “Good news for NFL coaches: Georgia breaks bank for Kirby Smart

  1. Yeah…break the bank for a stiff like Matt Rhule. College coaches suck. Thats why they are in the big time.

  2. And if he wanted to he could walk away from that contract and sign with any other school at any point. And if the salaries sky rocket and he wants more money, they’ll give it to him if they want him to stay. College coaches have the best setup.

  3. Why is it that colleges can take tuition, jack it up annually, then pay a coach an astronomical wage when only a small percentage of students watch sports. Oh, an an adjunct gets paid around $1200 per course. Student loans shouldn’t pay for the coach’s salary.

    I watch college sports, but when are these schools going to reign this in.

  4. How can anyone complain about the players receiving NIL money when we see a story like this?

  5. Kirby and UGA have administered the wake-up call to Nick Saban. The O-Line and defensive played well below Bama standards last season and their lack of WR depth arguably cost them the Championship. I wouldn’t bury the Tide just yet but their days of just rolling through the SEC unchallenged are over and recruiting is going to get much tougher for Nick if it hasn’t already.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.