How much of a raise Pete Golding got to leave Alabama, join Ole Miss football, Lane Kiffin

OXFORD — New Ole Miss defensive coordinator Pete Golding received a small raise when he left Alabama to join Lane Kiffin's staff, according to his official university contract obtained this week by the Clarion Ledger.

Golding's deal, which extends through Jan. 31, 2026, will pay him $1.9 million in the first year of his term. He will earn $2 million and $2.1 million in the ensuing years.

A contract signed in 2021 shows Golding was due to make $1.7 million in base salary had he remained in Tuscaloosa this season.

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Golding's hiring was officially announced by Ole Miss on Jan. 14. The Delta State alumnus had served as a defensive play-caller for the Crimson Tide from 2018-2022.

Including two seasons at UTSA, his previous stop, Golding has coached every defensive unit he's taken charge of to a top-three conference finish in points allowed per game.

Kiffin, discussing Golding's addition for the first time during the late signing period in February, compared the acquisition to signing a five-star prospect.

“His wife’s family is from here," Kiffin said. "So, that was great. Kind of like in recruiting, there are advantages. We’re really excited for them to come, he and his family to be here and to help us, not just on defense. He’s been a phenomenal recruiter, too, one that we’ve had to go against.”

The new Ole Miss defensive maestro can also earn a variety of bonuses, including:

  • $25,000 for an SEC championship game appearance

  • $50,000 for an SEC title

  • $30,000 for a New Year's Six bowl game appearance

  • $50,000 to qualify for the College Football Playoff

  • $100,000 to appear in the national title game

  • $150,000 to win a national title

Golding replaces co-defensive coordinators Chris Partridge and Maurice Crum Jr. Crum's base salary last season was $450,000, while Partridge's was $1.2 million. Crum moved on to SMU following his ousting, while Partridge landed at Michigan.

David Eckert covers Ole Miss for the Clarion Ledger. Email him at or reach him on Twitter @davideckert98.

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