What are the SEC coordinators making?

With Florida, Georgia and Mississippi State all looking for defensive coordinators and Arkansas recently promoting Garrick McGee to offensive coordinator to replace Paul Petrino, I thought it would be interesting to see what the offensive and defensive coordinators (the guys who call the plays) made this year in the SEC.

These numbers are according to a recent USA Today study on coaching salaries in college football.

It’s worth noting that Petrino will make $475,000 as offensive coordinator at Illinois. The only assistant coaches in the SEC who made more than that this year were Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and Tennessee assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.

Vanderbilt’s salary figures weren’t available. Also, South Carolina doesn’t have an offensive coordinator, but passing game coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. called a lot of the plays, so he’s listed.


Gary Crowton, LSU: $469,917

Jim Chaney, Tennessee: $380,000

Jim McElwain, Alabama: $360,150

Gus Malzahn, Auburn: $350,000

Mike Bobo, Georgia: $325,600

Joker Phillips, Kentucky: $323,460

Paul Petrino, Arkansas: $308,000

Kent Austin, Ole Miss: $300,000

Les Koenning, Mississippi State: $250,000

Steve Addazio, Florida: $210,000

Steve Spurrier Jr., South Carolina: $209,000


Monte Kiffin, Tennessee: $1.2 million

John Chavis, LSU: $450,000

Willy Robinson, Arkansas: $378,238

Ted Roof, Auburn: $370,000

Kirby Smart, Alabama: $369,350

Tyrone Nix, Ole Miss: $365,500

Ellis Johnson, South Carolina: $359,300

Willie Martinez, Georgia: $327,415

Steve Brown, Kentucky: $315,100

Charlie Strong, Florida: $310,000

Carl Torbush, Mississippi State: $260,000