As good as Alabama and Georgia fans are feeling right now about getting into the College Football Playoff, the two programs’ head coaches might be feeling even better.
That’s because, as reported by USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart each are getting huge bonuses for getting their teams into the College Football Playoff field:
Bonuses so far for coaches in CFP semifinals:
Georgia’s Kirby Smart: $900K
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney: $400K
Alabama’s Nick Saban: $200K
OU’s Lincoln Riley: $150K
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 3, 2017
Smart’s bonus is particularly jarring considering its more than the bonuses of the other three coaches combined. But it’s understandable considering how badly the Georgia athletic department has wanted this to happen. The Bulldogs have been on the fringes of title contention several times over the years, but it’s been nearly 40 years (1980) since they took home the trophy.
Surely, both coaches are additional incentive clauses in their contracts for winning a national championship, but they’ve got some big tests ahead of them before they’ll see any of that money.
Saban and the Crimson Tide will face off against No. 1 Clemson for the third straight postseason, while Smart and the Bulldogs will match up against Baker Mayfield and the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners.