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The 8 Active Head Coaches To Have Coached In Title Game

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon, Georgia announced a huge new contract for head coach Kirby Smart after he led the program to the national title game. Smart's new contract will pay him an average annual salary of $7 million for seven years.

That news brought mixed emotions from fans who either thought he earned the deal, or was getting paid too much. A few fans questioned whether a coach who blew a lead in the title game deserves a handsome new contract.

Well, according to the following stat from Barrett Sallee, Smart is worth all the money Georgia can pay him.

Why? Because he's part of an elite class of active head coaches that have led their teams to a national title in college football.

Only eight (active) head coaches have led their teams to the promised land.

Granted, Smart didn't win, but to at least make the title game requires a tremendous coaching job.

Only five active head coaches have won a title game, which makes Alabama's dominance of the sport even more fascinating.

Who will be the next head coach to crack this elite company?