Sport Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian among highest-paid assistants in college football after significant pay raise
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Several coaches across college football haveover the last several months as their programs battle financial stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, on the other hand, is getting a raise. And not just any raise, but one that will make him one of the two highest-paid assistants in college football.
The university's board of trustees approved a massive $850,000 raise for Sarkisian during a special meeting on Wednesday, bringing his salary to $2.5 million. That amount tiesdefensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who agreed to a new contract at the start of the year.
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The Chiefs will lose another starter from their Super Bowl champion team to an opt-out decision. Damien Williams informed the team he will not play this season. © John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Williams is the second Chief to opt out. This news follows longtime Kansas City guard starter Laurent Duvernay-Tardif‘s decision, which preceded several players’ choices to bypass 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns. Williams became the Chiefs’ starting running back shortly after the team waived Kareem Hunt in 2018. He was again set for a key role this season.
Sarkisian made $1.65 million this past year, his first as the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. After the season, Sarkisian garnered interest in head coaching vacancies at spots likeand , allowing him to renegotiate his deal with Alabama. Per Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne, the terms of Sarkisian's new contract toward the end of February.
Sarkisian's raise wasn't the only item up for discussion on Wednesday as Tide defensive coordinator Pete Golding also received a pay raise -- though this one considerably smaller. Golding's salary was increased from $1.1 million to $1.25 million.
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NHL has had zero positive COVID-19 tests since teams entered the bubble .
Just one day before players return to the ice for meaningful games, there is some good news from off the ice: There have been zero positive tests for COVID-19 since teams entered the bubble cities in Edmonton and Toronto last weekend. © Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The NHL hasn't recorded any positive COVID-19 tests within the past week. Testing has ramped up over the past few days as Dreger notes that 1,500 tests are being conducted on a daily basis. If that number seems high, it’s not just the players for each team who are being tested, but other team officials and executives are as well.