Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian's new contract worth $2.5M annually

Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's new contract, which includes a raise to $2.5 million per year, was approved by the school's board of trustees on Wednesday.

According to USA Today database, that is more than nine Power 5 head coaches (including Brian Kelly of Notre Dame) were paid in 2019.

In addition, defensive coordinator Pete Golding received a one-year extension and a raise that will pay $1.225 million annually.

The contracts for Sarkisian and Golding run through Feb. 28, 2023.

Sarkisian, who was originally scheduled to make $1.65 million annually, was a top target of Colorado's coaching search before he withdrew his name from consideration in February.

Sarkisian, previously a head coach at Washington and USC, joined Alabama as an analyst in 2016. He left the next season to be offensive coordinator of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. He returned the Alabama as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season; the Tide had the second-highest-scoring offense in college football (47.2 points per game).

Sarkisian, 46, underwent heart surgery on July 2.

Among the Alabama deals announced Wednesday was that of new director of sports performance David Ballou, who has a two-year deal that will pay $500,000 this season and $525,000 the next. Strength and conditioning coach Matt Rhea, who replaced longtime assistant Scott Cochran, received a two-year deal worth $450,000 this season and $475,000 the next.

The terms of the new deals were agreed to in February but were not presented for the board of trustees' approval until Wednesday.

Alabama is scheduled to begin preseason practice on Aug. 17.