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Smart is the only assistant coach who doesn’t owe a 20 percent buyout if he leaves early, but will owe $72,000 if he leaves for any position other than head coach. He also got a $100,000 raise in January 2011.

New outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson will make $355,000 in a two-year deal. The assistant coaches will receive 4 percent bonuses for an appearance in the SEC championship game, 8 percent for a bowl game, 12 percent for one of the SEC’s top 5 bowl tie-ins and 16 percent for a BCS game.

“I think there’s a very competitive market out there when it comes to assistant coaches,” Saban said. “I think it’s imperative that we keep continuity and that we had the opportunity to be competitive salary-wise with other schools who are trying to hire our coaches.

“It doesn’t really matter what my opinion is or anyone else’s opinion. The market is what it is, and if we’re not willing to pay that to the best people that we have, they’re not going to be here.”

Most of the other assistant coaches got raises and one-year extensions through Feb. 28, 2014:

_ Bobby Williams, who coaches tight ends and special teams, received a $35,000 raise, to $350,000.

_ Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran got a raise from $310,000-$325,000.

_ Defensive line coach Chris Rumph goes from $288,750 to $310,000

_ Running backs coach Burton Burns got a $10,000 hike, up to $290,000.

_ Receivers coach Mike Groh’s pay went up from $250,000 to $280,000.

_ Secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt is now making $260,000, up from $225,000.

Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was the only on-the-field assistant to not get a raise. Saban said that was related to his alleged involvement in rules violations while with the University of Miami.

Saban has said the university uncovered no compliance “red flags” on either Stoutland or director of football operations Joe Pannunzio from their tenures at Miami. Both former Hurricanes coaches were named in a report alleging that they steered recruits to a jailed booster who says he supplied Miami players with prostitutes, cars and other gifts over the past decade.

“As a university, we make decisions to do things because we think it’s the right thing to do,” Saban said. “In the future, I think Jeff Stoutland deserves to get a raise based on the merit of the work that he’s done here, but I also think that it wouldn’t be smart on our part of ignore other things that have happened.”