Yesterday, Alabama announced a raise and one-year contract extension for athletic director Greg Byrne.
The board of trustees approved the new deal that will ensure Byrne makes $1.3 million this year, and that figure will rise to $1.54 million in the final year of the deal in 2025-26, according to the AP.
The article also shares that the new deal calls for a forgiveness of the balance of a $400,000 interest-free loan that Alabama gave to Byrne for relocating from Tucson to Tuscaloosa.
Previously the athletic director at Mississippi State and Arizona, Byrne joined the Crimson Tide athletic department in March of 2017. By 2018 he had earned his first contract extension, a three-year supplement to his original contract that put him just shy of $1 million annually at $980k, with annual raises of $25k.
Since taking over the athletic director position, Byrne has signed Nick Saban to a contract extension, continuing to make him the highest paid college football coach ever, and is also currently undertaking a $600 million initiative to improve Alabama athletic facilities. That includes a $106 million renovation of Bryant-Denny Stadium planned for this off season.
While athletic directors are a long, long, long way off from making Power Five head coach money, it does sometimes help to put things in the perspective of what coaches in college football are making the type of money included in Byrnes' new deal.
The $1.3 million he'll make annually is in the ball park of what FAU's Lane Kiffin ($1,432,000), UAB's Bill Clark ($1,450,000) and East Carolina's Mike Houston ($1,425,000) make, and just a bit more than what Toledo's Jason Candle ($1,115,000) and UTSA's Frank Wilson ($1,125,000) make.