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Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian is getting a raise at Alabama. What it all means

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In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian watches warm-ups before an NCAA football game against LSU in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Sarkisian will make $2.5 million a year under a new three-year deal reached after his flirtation with the Colorado head coaching job.

Vasha Hunt, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian will be bringing in a larger salary as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

On Wednesday, the school’s board of trustees approved a new contract worth $2.5 million annually on a three-year deal that runs through Feb. 28, 2023, according to ESPN. The Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator, Pete Golding, received a one-year extension and a raise (now $1.225 million annually), ESPN reported.

To put Sarkisian’s new deal in perspective:

  • He was scheduled to make $1.65 million annually before the new deal, per ESPN.
  • Sarkisian is now tied with Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as the highest-paid assistant in college football, according to AL.com.
  • The new deal will pay Sarkisian more than what nine Power Five head coaches were paid by their respective schools in 2019, according to the USA Today database, including four Pac-12 coaches. It’s also more than what Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made last year, and is only $100,000 less than what Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal — whose Ducks won the Pac-12 title in 2019 — made last season.

It’s been an eventful offseason for Sarkisian, who was a candidate for the Colorado head coaching position before withdrawing his name in February. He underwent heart surgery in July.

Sarkisian, who played at BYU in the mid-’90s and led the Cougars to a 14-1 record and Cotton Bowl win in 1996, has been Alabama’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator in 2017 and 2018 and was twice a college head coach in the Pac-12 — at Washington (2009-13) and the University of Southern California (2014-15).