Tide's Kirby Smart joins $1 million club

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who's destined to be a head coach some day, will see his salary surpass the $1 million mark in 2013.

The Alabama board of trustees on Tuesday approved a new deal for Smart, which will make him the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football next season. Smart, who earned $950,000 last season, will make $1.15 million in 2013 and then $1.35 million in 2014 and 2015.

The Crimson Tide have finished first nationally each of the last two seasons in total defense and scoring defense en route to winning back-to-back national championships. They pulled it off last season despite losing six starters from the 2011 team that were selected in the NFL draft -- four among the top 35 picks.

The only other defensive coordinator in the SEC making more than $1 million is LSU's John Chavis, who will make $1.1 million in 2013.

Smart interviewed for the Auburn head coaching job earlier this year and has been mentioned in connection with several head coaching jobs over the last couple of years.