Bonuses at Bama

If the Crimson Tide beat LSU, the bonus pool for the coaches will top $1 million.

Saban has already earned $200,000 (about 4% of his total salary) for reaching the national title game, and will collect an additional $200,000 with a win.

Alabama AD Mal Moore will receive a $50,000 pay day if the Crimson Tide win the national championship.

Just by getting to a BCS bowl game, the assistants will earn bonuses equal to 16% of their salaries...

Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart - $136,000 

Jim McElwain - $81,600 

Secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt - $36,000

Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland - $63,200

Outside linebackers coach Sal Suneri - $62,400

Tight ends / special teams coach Bobby Williams - $50,400

Strength coach Scott Cochran - $46,400

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph - $46,200

Running backs coach Burton Burns - $44,800

Receivers coach Mike Groh - $40,000

Director of football operations $27,200

Director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz $20,000

Directors of player development Willie Carl Martin and Kevin Sherrer - $20,000

Pitt is open

We have spoken with several Big East coaches this morning in connection with the surprising news that Todd Graham is leaving Pitt to become head coach at Arizona State. 

The concensus is that the talent level at Pitt, and recruitable by Pitt, is excellent. Nearly everyone we spoke with said if they hire a coach that the players want to play for, that Pitt will be a force soon enough. 

The best hire might be to bring Dave Wannstedt back on...but we're pretty confident Steve Pederson isn't going to do that. The rumor mill is already running wild with names "expected to have a chance".  We'll keep you posted as we learn who really has a chance. 

Did someone call us "Scurrilous"?

Yes, yes we believe someone did. 

Scurrilous. Have to admit we googled it. According to google, Scurrilous is an adjective:

    1. Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation: "a scurrilous attack".
    2. Humorously insulting.

Here's what really happened.

Yesterday, a source very close to the situation told us that reps from Penn State had reached out to Niumatalolo. Source said he had no idea if Niumatalolo had any interest; but he knew for a fact it there had been contact. 

We in turn reached out to someone very familiar with Niumatalolo who also confirmed that Penn State had reached out to him. This person did not believe Niumatalolo would have interest in the job; but might "offer his thoughts to them on their search". 

With two good sources confirming this to us, we put on The Scoop:

Penn State: Don't know how this one will play out; but passing along info from good sources...Penn State representatives have contacted Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo.  

If someone believes that is "Scurrilous" (i.e. spreading scandalous claims with the intention of damaging...or humorously insulting) please feel free to call us. We're not real hard to get a hold of.  

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo's agent Evan Beard, who is "in England studying at Oxford" replied to an email from someone in Annapolis yesterday in regards to what we put on The Scoop as follows:


"Bill. The report on Penn State's interest in Kenny is scurrilous. Neither side has had conversations."

Scurrilous. Well then.


Carl Pelini provides update on the staff

Carl went on Nebraska sports radio yesterday and spoke for nearly 15 minutes about FAU and what his staff will look like. 

He also gave some insight into why he has had to slow down given bowl game prep for some of the targets that he has. A pretty good listen. 

Jim L. Mora speaks at UCLA

Jim L. Mora (yes, UCLA has asked that he no longer be referred to as Jim Mora Jr.) took the podium yesterday to answer his first questions as the UCLA head coach.

Mora was short and direct in the press conference, and spends about ten minutes total making his opening statement and answering media questions.

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