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Minnesota is investing in PJ Fleck and his staff like they’ve never invested in football before 


PJ Fleck Head Coach $4.6 million
Mike Sanford Jr. Offensive Coordinator / QBs $625k
Joe Rossi Defensive Coordinator / LBs $625k
Kenni Burns Assistant HC / RBs $320k
Matt Simon Co-Offensive Coordinator / WRs $380k
Brian Callahan Offensive Line $380k
Clay Patterson Tight Ends $240k
Chad Wilt Defensive Line $320k
Joe Harasymiak Co-Defensive Coordinator / Safeties $380k
Rob Wenger Special Teams Coordinator / Rush Ends $320k
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The highest-paid receivers coaches in college football: 2020 edition

By Zach Barnett     February 18, 2020

1. Bryan McClendon, South Carolina — $1 million
2. Billy Gonzales, Florida — $601,500
3. Dameyune Craig, Texas A&M — $600,000
4. Cale Gundy, Oklahoma — $535,000
5. Darrin Chiaverini, Colorado — $500,000
6. Dennis Simmons, Oklahoma — $460,000
7. Tee Martin, Tennessee — $450,000
7. Derrick Nix, Ole Miss — $450,000
7. Holmon Wiggins, Alabama — $450,000
10. Justin Stepp, Arkansas — $400,000

— Coordinators not included on this list: Josh Gattis, Michigan ($1.1 million); Kasey Dunn, Oklahoma State ($600,000); Gerad Parker, West Virginia ($525,000); Matt Lubick, Nebraska ($500,000).

— McClendon netted his $1 million salary because he used to be South Carolina’s coordinator. That title now belongs to Mike Bobo. So while McClendon didn’t get to keep his title, he does get to keep his salary.

— Gonzales and Gundy both carry co-coordinator titles, though both of their respective head coaches call plays.

— Martin, also Tennessee’s assistant head coach and passing game coordinator, is still getting paid (handsomely) by USC as well. His total compensation is over $1 million.

— Ohio State’s Brian Hartline figures to be on this list in 2021. The Buckeyes’ receivers were among the best in college football in 2019, and Hartline was named 247Sports‘s recruiter of the year for the Class of 2020, largely for reeling in 5-star wideouts Julian Fleming and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. At $345,000, Hartline barely missed the list as it is. (It’s doubtful Hartline is sweating that $5,000; he earned nearly $19 million as a receiver for the Browns and Dolphins.)

— Two receivers coaches who could work their way into big raises in the future: LSU’s Mickey Joseph ($310,000) and Clemson’s Tyler Grisham ($300,000).

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Here’s how much Chad Morris will be paid as Auburn’s offensive coordinator

By Zach Barnett     February 21, 2020

Chad Morris will be simultaneously one of the lowest- and highest-paid offensive coordinators in the SEC in 2020.  Auburn announced Thursday night that Morris signed a 3-year contract worth $735,000 annually.  That figure places him behind Alabama’s Steve Sarkisian ($1.55 million), Tennessee’s Jim Chaney ($1.5 million), South Carolina’s Mike Bobo ($1.2 million), Georgia’s Todd Monken ($1.1 million), Arkansas’s Kendal Briles ($1 million), Kentucky’s Eddie Gran ($875,000), Texas A&M’s Darrell Dickey ($808,000) and LSU’s Steve Ensminger ($800,000) and Scott Linehan ($800,000).

In fact, Morris will be paid less than the offensive line coaches at Georgia and Tennessee, and less than Kentucky tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow.  But Morris will make far more than any of his new peers in total, because he’s still being paid by Arkansas for the next three years.  Morris signed a 6-year contract upon taking the Arkansas job on Dec. 5, 2017 and only coached two years of that deal. The Hogs owe him $2.45 million per year for the next four years, so the Auburn contract means that figure will be offset down to $1.715 million per year over the next three.

Also, Auburn announced that new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr., will earn $500,000 per year on a 2-year contract. That represents a $100,000 raise from what he earned for the same job at Ole Miss, and a $75,000 bump from what Auburn paid JB Grimes.

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The highest-paid offensive line coaches in college football: 2020 edition

By Zach Barnett -       February 21, 2020

If it’s all right with you, I’d like to use this article detailing the highest-paid offensive line coaches in college football to tell a story illustrating the state of play in the Southeastern Conference.  When this project began a year ago, Georgia’s offensive line coach topped the list with a salary of $825,000 a year. Georgia’s line coach will once again lead the list with a $900,000 salary, except those salaries will be collected by two different people.

  • Georgia’s former O-line coach, Sam Pittman, left to become the head coach at Arkansas.
  • He was replaced by Matt Luke, who was formerly the head coach at Ole Miss.
  • The man Pittman replaced at Arkansas, Chad Morris, is now the offensive coordinator at Auburn.
  • The man who replaced Luke at Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin, is formerly the head coach at Tennessee and the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
  • Mixed among all that upheaval, former Ole Miss offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr., (a $400,000 salary in 2019) left for Auburn once Luke was not retained in Oxford.

Got all that??

  1. Matt Luke, Georgia — $900,000
  2. Will Friend, Tennessee — $805,000
  3. Bill Bedebaugh, Oklahoma — $750,000
  4. Justin Frye, UCLA — $700,000
  5. Eric Wolford, South Carolina — $700,000
  6. Kyle Flood, Alabama — $650,000
  7. Herb Hand, Texas — $650,000
  8. Robbie Caldwell, Clemson — $640,000
  9. Ed Warinner, Michigan — $625,000
  10. Josh Henson, Texas A&M — $605,000

Additional notes:

— Joe Rudolph earns $770,000 at Wisconsin, but he’s also Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator. As is Louisville’s Dwayne Ledford and his $650,000 salary.

— Josh Henson earned a 41 percent raise in leaving Oklahoma State for Texas A&M. His replacement, Charlie Dickey, earns $500,000.

— We don’t yet know what Randy Clements will earn at Ole Miss, nor Phil Trautwein at Penn State. Clements made $475,000 at Florida State in 2019; Trautwein’s salary at Boston College was private.

— Brandon Jones earns $500,000 as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator at Houston. This makes him the highest-paid assistant in all of Group of 5.

— Number of non-SEC/Clemson coaches on the list through three position groups: 10. 


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The 10 highest-paid defensive line coaches in college football: 2020 edition

By Zach Barnett -    February 19, 2020

If you’re building a football team from scratch and can only be elite at one position, you would definitely take an elite quarterback over anything else. That’s indisputable. A best-in-class quarterback makes life so much easier for the rest of the offense, especially in modern college football, that you simply couldn’t pass one up if given the option. But once that’s off the table, you’d rather be elite along your defensive line than anywhere else.  All four of the 2019 College Football Playoff participants ranked among the top 16 nationally in passing efficiency. They were also all in the top 21 in sacks, and in the top 23 in tackles for loss. Clemson’s 2018 national championship team led the nation in sacks and tackles for loss.   We’ve all seen those Twitter posts where you’re given $15 to build a mythical roster with options ranging from $5 to $1, right? College football head coaches get to play that game in real life, and they’re spending $5 on their defensive line coaches.   

As always, the bulk of the information here comes from USA Today‘s coaching salary database.

1. Larry Johnson, Ohio State — $900,000
2. Rodney Garner, Auburn — $700,000
3. Joe Salave’a, Oregon — $650,000
4. Brick Haley, Missouri — $625,000
5. Odell Haggins, Florida State — $525,000
5. Tracy Rocker, South Carolina — $525,000
7. Todd Bates, Clemson — $515,000
8. Terry Price, Texas A&M — $508,000
9. Lemanski Hall, Clemson — $500,000
9. Freddie Roach, Alabama — $500,000

— Larry Johnson is the highest-paid coach at $900,000, but Clemson spends more on defensive line coaching than any other school at $1.15 million. In a related note, Ohio State led the nation in sacks and tackles for loss in 2019. Clemson did both in 2018, as mentioned above.

— Florida State’s John Papuchis technically belongs on this list with a $550,000 salary, but he’s also the Seminoles’ special teams coordinator. We’re trying to isolate the value of defensive line coaching here.

— Before he left for Michigan State, Mel Tucker lamented the loss of Jimmy Brumbaugh to Tennessee, saying there was nothing he could do to keep him at Colorado since Tennessee doubled his salary. We don’t yet know what Tennessee will pay him, but we do know his CU salary was set to jump from $175,000 to $450,000.

— Derrick LeBlanc earned a $125,000 raise in moving from Kentucky to Arkansas. He now makes $450,000.

— Ron Burton earned $462,000 on Mark Dantonio’s staff in 2019. He had previously agreed to leave for Indiana after Dantonio left, but pulled a U-turn at the border to remain at Michigan State on Mel Tucker’s staff. Considering Tucker has $6 million to spend on his assistants, it’s possible Burton is now above $500,000, or at least $462,000.

Mark Hagen made $408,000 at Indiana before leaving for Texas. Oscar Giles made $400,000 coaching UT’s defensive ends and tackles last season, so it’ll be interesting to see what both earn in 2020 with split duties (Hagen with the tackles, Giles with the ends).

— Georgia’s Tray Scott was the last one out at $470,000.

— Twenty entries in, the total number of non-SEC/Clemson coaches: 6.

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Texas: Texas regents have approved contracts for several assistant coaches Brian Davis has shared. Mike Yurcich gets a 3 year deal at $1.7 million per year. Chris Ash has a two year deal worth $800,000. Jay Boulware (special teams / tight ends) gets a three year deal at $700,000 per year and Coleman Hutzler (linebackers) gets a two year deal at $600,000 per. Real money.

  • Boulware - $470k+ bonuses last yr blOU
  • Yurcich - $950k+ bonuses at ohio state
  • Hutzler - $475+ bonuses at s.carolina
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Texas: Texas regents have approved contracts for several assistant coaches Brian Davis has shared. Mike Yurcich gets a 3 year deal at $1.7 million per year. Chris Ash has a two year deal worth $800,000. Jay Boulware (special teams / tight ends) gets a three year deal at $700,000 per year and Coleman Hutzler (linebackers) gets a two year deal at $600,000 per. Real money.

  • Boulware - $470k+ bonuses last yr blOU
  • Yurcich - $950k+ bonuses at ohio state
  • Hutzler - $475+ bonuses at s.carolina


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(Fuck Chip Brown) Tom Herman's staff reboot: Overpriced or money well spent?

AUSTIN, Texas — After going 25-15 in his first three years at Texas, Tom Herman replaced most of a staff he put together to coach at Houston with a staff that brings in much more Power Five coaching experience. And it didn’t come cheap. Even though the base salaries of new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich ($1.7 million) and new defensive coordinator Chris Ash ($800,000) combine to equal what previous defensive coordinator Todd Orlando ($1.7 million) and previous offensive coordinator Tim Beck ($800,000) were making, some significant guarantees were made.

Yurcich got three years guaranteed, while Ash, who is still owed $7.5 million in buyout money from Rutgers (with an offset),  got two years guaranteed. New tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware got three years guaranteed with a base salary of $700,000. New co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler got two years guaranteed with a base salary of $600,000.

When Herman brought in his initial staff in 2017, the coordinators got three-year, guaranteed deals while the other assistants got two-year deals. After those two-year deals were done, Herman put assistants on one-year deals - perhaps foreshadowing the staff turnover that just occurred. Because Texas’ 8-5 season in 2019 fell short of expectations, leading to the exodus of seven assistants, the perception was Herman was embattled and that UT would have to give out multi-year, guaranteed deals. The only way those guaranteed years become a factor is if Herman didn’t get his staff hires right.

At first glance, I think he did get it right. Yurcich has a better track record running a power spread offense (at Oklahoma State) than Beck did when he arrived at Texas three years ago. Ash has been a defensive coordinator at Ohio State, Wisconsin and Arkansas. Orlando arrived at Texas having coordinated defenses at UConn, Florida International, Utah State and Houston. And even though Orlando had a rock solid first year at Texas, holding opponents to 21.2 points per game, and getting a raise from $1.1 million to $1.7 million, his defenses fell off the past two seasons (25.9 points per game given up in 2018 and 27.5 ppg in 2019).

Herman had former Houston Westfield High School coach Corby Meekins coaching tight ends in 2017 and then inside receivers the past two seasons. Now, Herman has Boulware, who spent the past 10 years at Auburn, where he helped win a national title (2010), and Oklahoma, where he was part of four straight Big 12 titles. Because Orlando was the linebackers coach, Herman needed a replacement. He hired Hutzler, who coached for Jim Harbaugh at San Diego and Stanford and for Will Muschamp at Florida and South Carolina.

Herman has also hired former Kansas State offensive coordinator Andre Coleman as receivers coach, replacing Drew Mehringer; added former A&M assistant and former Indiana co-defensive coordinator Mark Hagen as defensive tackles coach; and former Rutgers cornerbacks coach Jay Valai, who played under Ash at Wisconsin and was hired by Ash at Rutgers. If Herman felt like his previous staff lacked big-time, Power Five coaching experience, he’s taken care of that with his staff reboot. Most all of the coaches hired are also known for their intensity and attention to detail. Say what you want about Herman, but his teams are tough, play physical and are usually in tight, fourth-quarter games - win or lose.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in an exclusive interview with Horns247 on The Flagship Podcast: “You have to have trust in your head coaches to make the right decisions. An AD’s job is to always try to do the very best job to hire the very best head coach available. That's my job. With Tom, when he made the decision (to make coaching changes), I said, 'What do you need? I'm with you. Let's make the decisions you need.' And then we just had conversations of what he was looking for.”

While one of the main factors in the search was to find coaches who would be the best personnel fit under Herman’s direction, Del Conte and Herman took a look at the strengths of the Texas program, the Longhorns’ roster personnel and the schematic desires of the head coach as they began to formulate the plan to hire Herman’s next wave of assistant coaches.

“We knew right now that we have the skill set of a great quarterback (in Sam Ehlinger),” Del Conte said. “We have to run an offense, and we know that the quarterback can be successful as a senior. We have a great offensive line coach, who knows the team and recruited guys. So Tom was really going to look for people that fit our personnel. There were a lot of people saying ‘you have go hire this guy, that guy.’ But they weren't personnel fits.”

On defense, Herman wanted to run more of a 4-3 scheme. “Tom had a plan. He said, ‘I want to run four-down linemen. This is what we want to run,’” Del Conte said. “We looked at Ash, who is a hell of a defensive coordinator. He won a national championship at Ohio State. Tom wanted to run a four-down front. We had the personnel to do that and said, ‘Okay, let's go build our staff around that.’ And then he went to the offensive side and found guys who would fit what we’re trying to do.”

Penn State and Notre Dame both pursued Yurcich, but Herman got his man. “There needs to be common beliefs, but I think when you bring somebody in, you definitely want a fresh set of eyes, new ideas and maybe different and better ways of doing things,” Herman said of Yurcich. “His quarterback development speaks for itself. From (Justin Fields), who was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, and I think we all remember what the guys at Oklahoma State were able to do in his tenure there. So, that was a big part of me seeking Mike out, with what he has been able to do in developing quarterbacks.”

Spring football starts March 24 and concludes with the Orange-White Spring Game on April 25. A $200 million renovation of the south end of DKR is well under way (due to be completed before the 2021 season). Under Del Conte’s fearless leadership, there is nearly $800 million in athletics facility upgrades in the works at Texas, including the $388 million Moody Center basketball arena as well as the newly announced $60 million basketball and rowing training facility (set to be completed in June 2022).

The only way all the guaranteed years being given out by Texas to new football assistants become a problem is if Herman did get the hires right. Herman clearly wanted a staff with more big-time, Power-Five coaching experience to command a veteran team with 16 returning starters. We'll know soon enough if Herman got what Texas paid for.

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The highest-paid defensive backs coaches in college football: 2020 edition

By Zach Barnett.     February 24, 2020

Every position coaching job at the FBS level is tough, but coaching defensive backs at Alabama may be the toughest. Yes, you get to mold some of the best talent amateur football has to offer, but you’re doing so under the watchful eye of Nick Saban.

Not only that, you’re coaching Nick Saban’s position on Nick Saban’s staff. The greatest college football coach of his generation made his name in the profession coaching DBs — doing so at West Virginia, Ohio State, Navy, Michigan State and for the Houston Oilers from 1978-89 — and so there’s no way you can do the job he hired you to do better than he can do it himself. Every single day he’s watching you, knowing he can do it better.  Not everyone can handle that kind of spotlight.  The plus side? You’ll make more money coaching defensive backs at Alabama than anywhere else in the country.

Below are the 10 highest-paid paid defensive backs coaches in college football.

1. Charles Kelly, Alabama — $800,000
2. Charlton Warren, Georgia — $725,435
3. Chris Partridge, Ole Miss — $625,000
4. Keith Heyward, Oregon — $600,000
5. Karl Scott, Alabama — $550,000
6. Mike Reed, Clemson — $540,000
7. Mickey Conn, Clemson — $515,000
8. Steve Clinkscale, Kentucky — $500,000
8. Paul Rhoads, UCLA — $500,000
10. Anthony Poindexter, Purdue — $460,000
10. Corey Raymond, LSU — $460,000 


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Additional notes:

— Travaris Robinson earns $1.2 million to coordinate South Carolina’s defensive while also coaching the secondary. Kerry Coombs also earns $1.2 million at Ohio State, as does Arkansas’s Barry Odom, while Derrick Ansley makes a flat $1 million at Tennessee. Phil Parker earns $800,000 at Iowa.

— Kelly is Alabama’s associate defensive coordinator — never seen that title before — and safeties coach.

— Maybe he couldn’t take another day with Jim Harbaugh, maybe he was tired of the cold or maybe he was just that desperate to quit coaching special teams. Either way, when coaches leave one gig for another they usually do so for a pay raise, but not Chris Partridge. The $625,000 he earns as Lane Kiffin’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach was the same he would have made as Michigan’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach.

— We don’t yet know what TJ Rushing will earn at Texas A&M, nor Jay Valai at Texas.

— The margin to make the top 10 was the slimmest I’ve found yet. Ron English beat out Michigan’s Bob Shoop and his own co-worker, Florida cornerbacks coach Torrian Gray, by all of $1,500.

— The original version of this article omitted Clinkscale’s raise at Kentucky.

— 40 entries in, the number of non-SEC/Clemson coaches on the list: 9.


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Ryan Day getting extension, raise at Ohio State

By Zach Barnett -      February 25, 2020

Ryan Day’s first 17 games as Ohio State’s head coach have seen 16 wins and one close, controversial loss, and so it’s no surprise when the Buckeyes announced Tuesday morning they have signed up for more.  Day has agreed to a 3-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2026, pending board approval.

After earning a comparatively modest $4.5 million in 2019, Day’s salary was bumped to $5.375 million retroactive to Feb. 1. Beginning July 1, Day will be paid an annualized rate of $6 million through Jan. 31, 2021. The university will also contribute $1 million to his retirement fund on Dec. 31.

Day will then earn $6.5 million for the 2021 season and $7.6 million in 2022. Compensation for Feb. 1, 2023 will be determined at a later date, but you can bet it’ll be a lot. 


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Ryan Day getting extension, raise at Ohio State

By Zach Barnett -      February 25, 2020

Ryan Day’s first 17 games as Ohio State’s head coach have seen 16 wins and one close, controversial loss, and so it’s no surprise when the Buckeyes announced Tuesday morning they have signed up for more.  Day has agreed to a 3-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2026, pending board approval.

After earning a comparatively modest $4.5 million in 2019, Day’s salary was bumped to $5.375 million retroactive to Feb. 1. Beginning July 1, Day will be paid an annualized rate of $6 million through Jan. 31, 2021. The university will also contribute $1 million to his retirement fund on Dec. 31.

Day will then earn $6.5 million for the 2021 season and $7.6 million in 2022. Compensation for Feb. 1, 2023 will be determined at a later date, but you can bet it’ll be a lot. 


Good #payday...

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Terms of James Franklin’s new contract announced

By Zach Barnett -     February 26, 2020

James Franklin signed a new 6-year contract back in December, and on Wednesday the Nittany Lions announced the terms of that deal.

The contract, which helpfully runs from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2025, will start at $5.4 million per year and rise to a top end of $6.5 million. The school will also pay an annual retention bonus each Dec. 31 — starting at $300,000 in 2020, then moving to $500,000 thereafter — while also making a $1 million annual loan to Franklin’s life insurance policy.

All told, Franklin will earn $6.7 million in total compensation for coaching Penn State in 2020.  The 6-year contract is worth $44.2 million in guaranteed compensation in sum, an average of $7.37 million per year and topping out at $8 million in 2025.

Franklin’s bonus structure runs from $100,000 for winning a Big Ten Coach of the Year award to $800,000 for leading the Nittany Lions to a national championship.  The coach would owe $5 million if leaving the school in 2020 and nothing if he left in 2025. The school-end buyout is his total guaranteed pay for that current year multiplied by the number of contract years remaining.

Franklin, 48, is 56-23 with one Big Ten title, three New Year’s Six appearances and three AP Top 10 finishes in six seasons leading the program. Since 2016, Penn State is 42-11 overall and 28-8 in Big Ten play.


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It’s a rare breed at the college level, quarterbacks coaches who simply… coach quarterbacks. The majority of staffs have the guy who coordinates the offense also coach the quarterbacks, for obvious reasons. But not all of them.  For obvious reasons, quarterbacks coaches do not rake in the cash that their position-specific peers do: They’re responsible for one of the 22 players on the field in any given play.  So while these guys are earning the least of their peers in gross income, they’re making the most per capita. Good work if you can get it.

The highest-paid quarterbacks coaches in college football: 2020 edition

By Zach Barnett -    February 26, 2020

1. Ken O’Keefe, Iowa — $625,000
2. Brandon Streeter, Clemson — $590,000
3. Bush Hamdan, Missouri — $550,000
4. Darin Hinshaw, Kentucky — $500,000
5. Brian Johnson, Florida — $451,000
6. Bobby Bentley, South Carolina — $400,000
6. Dana Bible, UCLA — $400,000
6. Joel Gordon, Iowa State — $400,000
9. Mario Verduzco, Nebraska — $375,000
10. Jason Beck, Virginia — $350,000
10. Kurt Roper, NC State — $350,000 

Additional notes:

— Iowa’s O’Keefe was the third-highest paid QBs coach in college football a year ago. Dan Werner and Dave Warner (no relation) are no longer at South Carolina and Michigan State, respectively. O’Keefe

— Michigan’s Ben McDaniels netted a $40,000 raise from 2018 to 2019 and fell out of the top 10.

— Someone likely to join the top 10: Corey Dennis. Urban’s son-in-law was promoted to quarterbacks coach after Mike Yurcich left for Texas. Yurcich was the nation’s highest-paid quarterbacks coach (his salary was released after publication of our 2019 article) at $950,000, plus a $400,000 signing bonus. Dennis, promoted from within, won’t earn Yurcich money, but I’ll bet it’s above $350,000.

— Hamdan also coaches Mizzou’s receivers.   


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"Ohio State just paid….everybody"

By Scott Roussel -   March 9, 2020

Four Ohio State assistant coaches will make over $1 million this season the program has announced, a first in college athletics.

  • Defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs will make $1.4 million.
  • Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will make $1.2 million.
  • Greg Mattison and Larry Johnson will each make $1.133 million.

“I couldn’t have been more impressed with the performance of our coaching staff under the direction of Ryan Day in 2019,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “What they accomplished both on the field and in the way they led and mentored our student-athletes was exemplary. We look forward to much of the same in 2020.”

In addition to those four, each of Ryan Day’s assistants will earn more in 2019 than they did in 2020. While Kevin Wilson’s $250,000 raise is the biggest among the assistants in real dollars, Corey Dennis netted the biggest jump in moving from the quality control staff to quarterbacks coach, going from $105,000 to $300,000 in salary. (Dennis replaced Mike Yurcich, who turned in his $950,000 salary to become the offensive coordinator at Texas.)  In all, eight assistants will earn at least $500,000, trailing only Clemson’s nine. The Buckeyes ($8 million) are slightly behind Clemson’s $8.145 million in staff pay.

In conjunction with Ryan Day’s $875,000 raise, Ohio State will pay $13.375 million for its on-the-field coaching staff, a 14 percent increase from 2019.  From a contractual standpoint, Mattison and Johnson are in year two of their two year deals. Everyone else, except Tony Alford, has a 2-year deal beginning now. Alford, for some reason, only has a one year deal.  In total that is $8 million for the ten assistants.

Coach 2019 Pay 2020 Pay Change
Ryan Day (HC) $4.5 million $5.375 million $875,000 (19%)
Kerry Coombs (DC/DBs) $950,000* $1.4 million $450,000 (47%)
Kevin Wilson (OC/TEs) $950,000 $1.2 million $250,000 (26%)
Greg Mattison (co-DC) $1.1 million $1.133 million $33,000 (3%)
Larry Johnson (DL) $900,000 $1.133 million $233,000 (26%)
Greg Studrawa (OL) $600,000 $700,000 $100,000 (17%)
Tony Alford (Asst. HC/RBs) $600,000 $618,000 $18,000 (3%)
Brian Hartline (WRs) $360,000 $550,000 $190,000 (53%)
Al Washington (LBs) $500,000 $515,000 $15,000 (3%)
Matt Barnes (STC/Asst. DBs) $350,000 $450,000 $100,000 (29%)
Corey Dennis $105,000 $300,000 $195,000 (186%)
Total staff pay $11.745 million $13.375 million $1.63 million (14%)

* – Salary earned by former Co-DC Jeff Hafley

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Here’s a breakdown of Texas’ assistant coaching annual salaries (and remaining contract years):

  • Mike Yurcich, offensive coordinator, $1.7 million (three - through 2022 season)
  • Chris Ash, defensive coordinator, $800,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Jay Boulware, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator, $700,000 (three - through 2022 season)
  • Herb Hand, offensive line, $700,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Stan Drayton, running backs, $650,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Coleman Hutzler, linebackers, $600,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Mark Hagen, defensive tackles, $550,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Yancy McKnight, strength coach, $510,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Oscar Giles, defensive ends, $400,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Andre Coleman, receivers, $350,000 (year to year)
  • Jay Valai, cornerbacks, $300,000 (two - through 2021 season)

All the assistant coaches (including McKnight) have the following performance bonus incentives:

  • Reach Big 12 title game: $10,000
  • Bowl game plus seven wins: $10,000
  • Bowl game plus eight wins: $20,000
  • New Year’s Six bowl: $40,000
  • College Football Playoff semifinal: $50,000 
  • CFP final: $60,000
  • National champions (win CFP): $85,000

Tom Herman is set to earn $6 million in 2020; $6.25 million in 2021; $6.5 million in 2022; and $6.75 million in 2023.

Herman’s performance bonus incentives:

  • Big 12 championship: $100,000
  • Reach bowl game: $25,000
  • Win bowl game: $50,000
  • Reach New Year’s Six bowl: $50,000
  • Win New Year’s Six bowl: $50,000
  • Reach CFP semifinal: $100,000
  • Reach CFP final: $125,000
  • Win CFP final (national champions): $250,000
  • Finish 2-5 in AP poll: $180,000
  • Finish 6-10 in AP poll: $120,000
  • National coach of the year: $100,000
  • Big 12 coach of the year: $50,000
  • Total potential bonus money Herman can earn: $1.2 million


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Houston: Head football coach Dano Holgorsen, men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and athletic director Chris Pezman are all voluntarily taking a 10% salary reduction for the next six months, per the Houston Chronicle.

UTSA: Jeff Traylor has taken a 10 percent pay cut, the school has announced. Traylor was set to make $800,000 in Year 1 of a 5-year deal.

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Did I see that Ark State just extended their head coach?

Who the fuck needs a contract extension right now?


Maybe because their football coach is a class act who continued to coach in 2019 immediately after losing his wife to a battle with cancer in August??

(Not a good take @Beau Vine  )




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Here is what happens when:
a) a school can't get their prime candidate and have to look like they aren't being turned down across the board
b) as a head coach you go 2-3 in the NFL (interim, 9 years ago) and 5-7 for a bad PAC-12 program in 2019 (yup - 2 HC stints, totaling about 13 months)

I have nothing against him, hope he does a great job and earns all of it and gets an extension for his B1G titles and being in the playoffs  🙄
But being paid virtually the same as Day is crazy, and more than Fitzgerald (best coach in the B1G), Leach and Patterson is nuts....but that is how this business goes



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Michigan: Jim Harbaugh will take a 10 percent pay cut, starting Aug. 1.


Iowa: Iowa has cut 15 percent of its budget for its fiscal year 2021, including major pay cuts for Kirk Ferentz and senior-level staff.

Employees earning $200,000 or above will see at least a 10 percent cut, those earning $150,000 above will see a 7.5 percent cut, above $100,000 will lose 5 percent, above $50,143 will lose 3 percent, and all others will lose 2 percent. 

Additionally, senior-level employees will take more than 10 percent off their salaries:

— Kirk Ferentz will join three other head Hawkeyes in taking 15 percent off his base salary. An amendment signed in 2017 put Ferentz’s base salary at $2.77 million for the coming season, and 15 percent of that equates to $415,500.

— AD Gary Barta will slice 30 percent off his overall compensation. He signed a 3-year extension in 2019 that brought his salary to $1 million, meaning he’ll lose $300,000.


Washington: Head coach Jimmy Lake will take at least a 5 percent pay cut and assistant coaches will take minimum 3 percent cuts, as part of department-wide cost cutting. Similar cuts will be applied to all Husky teams.

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Oklahoma: The Sooners announced that due to COVID, employees earning a salary of $1 million per year or more are subject to a 10% salary reduction this year. Head coach Lincoln Riley made $6 million last season and the 2019 USA Today salary database lists DC Alex Grinch ($1.4 million) as the only other Sooners assistant that salary reduction would apply to.



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Some, not all, coaches share colleges' burden amid coronavirus pandemic

Jul 17, 2020      ESPN staff

NEARLY HALF OF major college football and men's basketball coaches have taken voluntary pay cuts in response to the financial crisis facing higher education because of the coronavirus pandemic, but most of the highest-paid coaches have not, an ESPN survey found.

Eight of the 10 top-paid football coaches and at least five of the 10 highest-paid men's basketball coaches -- all of whom earn more money than anyone else at their schools -- have not taken cuts.

Most of the schools that employ those coaches have not announced universitywide salary or job cuts, but they are all facing deep financial distress, accepting millions of dollars in taxpayer relief and, in most cases, implementing a range of cost-saving measures inside and outside athletics.

(About this report -- This story was reported and written by ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, Steve Fainaru, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Michael Fletcher, Maya Jones, Paula Lavigne, Tonya Malinowski, John Mastroberardino, Dan Murphy, Mark Schlabach, Tisha Thompson and Tracy Wholf.)

The list of those whose pay is unchanged includes the two highest-paid coaches in their respective sports: Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, who earned $9.3 million in the 2019-20 season, and Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, who earned $8.2 million. Others include, in football, Alabama's Nick Saban ($8.9 million) and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher ($7.5 million) and, in basketball, Tennessee's Rick Barnes ($4.7 million) and Texas Tech's Chris Beard ($4.4 million).

Two of the highest-paid coaches -- Calipari and Texas football coach Tom Herman ($6.75 million) -- have not taken cuts even as their universities announced reduced pay for other employees, furloughs or layoffs. A Texas spokesman said the school is considering options as it finalizes its budget.

ESPN contacted all 65 Power 5 schools, plus 10 other colleges with top-tier basketball programs, to determine the extent to which coaches are sharing in unprecedented financial burdens related to the pandemic.

At 33 of the 75 schools, at least one coach agreed to renegotiate a contract to accept a pay cut amid the pandemic, according to the survey. They include Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, who last month agreed to a one-year, 10% cut of his $7.5 million salary; Kansas basketball coach Bill Self ($4 million, 10% cut for six months); and Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley ($6.4 million, 10% cut for one year).

At 26 of the schools, those coaches have yet to see their pay reduced. Many work at public universities and are the highest-paid public employees in their states. A UCLA spokesperson said basketball coach Mick Cronin ($5.5 million) and football coach Chip Kelly ($3.5 million) have both indicated they would take pay cuts, but the department is awaiting guidance from the University of California president's office.

Sixteen schools, most of them private, declined to respond to ESPN's questions. Following publication of this story, a spokesperson for one of those schools, Texas Christian University, emailed ESPN to say that football coach Gary Patterson and basketball coach Jamie Dixon have taken a "voluntary indefinite" pay cut of 10%. He declined to say when the decision to take the cut was made.

Highest-Paid Football Coaches


Coaches' pay figures for the 2019-20 season were
compiled from USA Today rankings and may include salaries,
income from contract provisions and deferred payments.
Click here for the full ranking and methodology.
*Source: 2018 revenue data from the Knight
Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson $9.3M 4.4
Nick Saban, Alabama $8.9M 1.5
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M $7.5M 0.0
Kirby Smart, Georgia $6.9M 2.0
Gus Malzahn, Auburn $6.8M 3.6
Tom Herman, Texas $6.8M 0.0
Jeff Brohm, Purdue $6.6M 0.0
Dan Mullen, Florida $6.1M 1.4
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan $7.5M 0.1
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma $6.4M 0.0

Highest-Paid Basketball Coaches


Coaches' pay figures for the 2019-20 season were
compiled from USA Today rankings and may include salaries,
income from contract provisions and deferred payments.
Click here for the full ranking and methodology.
*Source: 2018 revenue data from the Knight
Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.


John Calipari, Kentucky $8.2M 0.0
Mick Cronin, UCLA $5.5M 2.0
Rick Barnes, Tennessee $4.7M 0.1
Chris Beard, Texas Tech $4.4M 3.7
Roy Williams, North Carolina $4.1M 8.9
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke $7.3M NA
Tom Izzo, Michigan State $4.2M 0.6
Chris Mack, Louisville $4.1M 5.5
Bill Self, Kansas $4.0M 1.7
Jay Wright, Villanova $4.4M NA

The coaches work under contracts that typically would preclude salary cuts without their approval. At the schools where coaches haven't taken cuts, it's unclear whether they have been asked to do so by the university presidents, some of whom have themselves taken voluntary reductions.

Agent Jimmy Sexton represents a handful of coaches who have taken pay cuts, but at least a dozen who have not, including football coaches Saban, Fisher, Georgia's Kirby Smart ($6.9 million), Auburn's Gus Malzahn ($6.8 million) and Florida's Dan Mullen ($6.1 million). Sexton declined to comment. None of the coaches who have not taken pay cuts responded to interview requests ESPN sent through their athletic departments.

One Sexton client, South Carolina's Will Muschamp ($4.4 million), said giving up 10% of his pay for one year was "a very easy decision." Muschamp said he and his wife had already decided he would offer up a pay cut when his athletic director, Ray Tanner, asked if he would consider it. The school is facing a $127 million shortfall and has announced a long list of cost-saving measures.

"Our state is going through a really difficult time; our university is going through a really difficult time," Muschamp said. "I've been fortunate in my coaching career."

Muschamp said he will not recoup the reduced salary with any type of back-end compensation, "and I'm fine with that. Best thing to do." His 10 assistant coaches, who combined for more than $5.6 million in 2019 salary, aren't taking pay cuts, but they are part of schoolwide furloughs.

Even before the pandemic, the issue of skyrocketing salaries for coaches whose success is measured by the performance of unpaid athletes had attracted scrutiny from player advocates, economists and Congress.


The coaches preside over programs that bring in millions of dollars and nationwide recognition for their universities. Still, none of the programs can exist outside the schools' infrastructure, and only slightly more than half of the public Power 5 athletic departments can pay for themselves without support from student fees or the university's general fund, now under unprecedented strain almost everywhere.

"Clearly, even if the schools don't decide that they are going to reduce the coaches' salaries, as they did to the teachers and to the students' classes, the coaches can decide to do it themselves," said Steve Ellis, the president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog. "A lot of Americans are hurting right now because they can't work because their job is closed. ... And so it's a really difficult time. And so that's really where it comes back to these coaches. Are they in this with us?"

At the University of Arizona, football coach Kevin Sumlin ($2 million) and men's basketball coach Sean Miller ($3.2 million) accepted 20% pay cuts this year -- believed to be among the highest in the country.

"Everyone realized what they needed to do to help our department and university and really to do the right thing," said Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke, who also took a 20% cut.


Among Power 5 schools, Arizona is one of the most reliant on direct institutional support from the university to fund athletics, with 9.1% of its athletic department budget derived from university support in 2017-18, according to an analysis of data from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. For salary data and rankings, ESPN relied on USA Today's survey of college coaches' salaries. Figures represent salaries earned in the coaches' most recent season, although data for private schools might be older.

ALL BUT FOUR schools in the ESPN survey -- Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford and Duke -- received money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed in March. Schools are required to spend half of CARES money on students, but the rest is discretionary. Clemson accepted $13.6 million in CARES money, Alabama more than $20 million and Kentucky almost $18 million.

"It shows how out of whack the overall priorities are," Ellis said. "The fact that the federal government, the taxpayers, recognize that these schools are in distress and that there needs to be assistance."

Andy Schwarz, a sports economist and an advocate for paying college athletes, said coaches should participate in the financial burdens facing universities.

"You do need to ask for shared sacrifice in a situation like this," Schwarz said. "At places where cuts are happening and the head coach isn't taking a cut, how is that person a leader? Leaders share in the sacrifice of their team, both on their team, in the athletic department, and the university."


Ken Redd, senior director of research and policy analysis for the National Association of College and University Business Officers, said the issue is largely symbolic because athletics represents a small portion of the overall university budget and the high salaries paid to coaches often come from outside sources. On top of that, he said, it's tough to compare the value of salaries paid to instructors with coaches whose teams can bring in millions in revenue in normal times.

"Symbolically, it's the same, but financially, it's a very different conversation when you start digging into those coaches' contracts," Redd said. "Let's face it. The dean of the science department is certainly an important person, but no matter how good he or she is, [the dean] is not going to bring in $100 million to the school."

It's not clear if athletic departments would have to pay their coaches if there's no football this fall. The type of force majeure clauses that would give a school the ability to withhold payment from a coach are rare and unlikely to be ironclad, according to multiple industry sources who spoke to ESPN.

COLLEGES ARE BRACING for huge losses from declining enrollment due to the pandemic. At the same time, athletic departments are facing dramatic losses of their own, starting with the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournament in March. A year ago, schools split a pool of $600 million; this year, they were told to expect barely a third of that. With larger uncertainty ahead -- namely whether there will be football this fall -- athletic directors are looking for ways to save money, including the elimination of some sports.

At Clemson, neither Swinney nor any of his assistant coaches (combined salaries of $7.4 million) have been asked to take pay cuts. The university reported losing $25 million during the spring semester and implemented a series of cost-cutting measures, including a hiring freeze and a pause on some capital projects. The school also projects an additional $16.5 million hit in the fall, according to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, although the school said there have been no job losses or salary cuts at this point.

In April, Clemson's athletic department, which routinely has revenue of upward of $100 million, said it expected to lose $1 million but had no need to implement any cuts. An athletic department spokesperson told ESPN earlier this week, "To date, Clemson University and the department of athletics have not implemented any mandatory or voluntary salary reductions, furloughs or layoffs due to the financial impacts of COVID-19."

The situation is similar at Alabama, where the university has projected losses of $40 million to $50 million by the end of the summer. But the school told ESPN it hasn't made any universitywide layoffs, furloughs or salary cuts. So far, Saban's $8.9 million salary is intact, along with the $7.5 million allotted to his assistants. No one at the University of Alabama agreed to be interviewed for this story, including Saban, athletic director Greg Byrne, president Stuart R. Bell or presidents of the faculty senate and student government. 


At Kentucky, Calipari's $8.2 million salary also has not been cut. In April, the school president announced that he expected layoffs, furloughs and 10% budget cuts across campus to address a $70 million shortfall. During a board of trustees meeting in June, athletic director Mitch Barnhart laid out a 17% reduction to his department for the 2020-21 school year and described it as a "necessary sacrifice." Barnhart suggested that rather than cut salaries, money could be saved in the coming year by, among other things, eliminating charter flights for some teams -- a change that could lead to some athletes missing additional class time if they return to campus this fall.

Calipari and Barnhart declined interview requests. Spokesman Eric Lindsey pointed to philanthropic work and donations Calipari has made during the pandemic. Lindsey added that Calipari "only receives $400,000 of his salary from the athletic department," with the majority coming from the school's marketing partner, JMI. Lindsey also suggested that Calipari's salary shouldn't be considered in the context of the university's budget woes because "the athletic department operates on an independent budget and does not take any funds from the university."

SCHWARZ, THE SPORTS economist, challenged the argument that somehow athletic departments are separate entities.

"That ethos says to [the university administration], 'You're not giving us a dime; it's our money,'" Schwarz said. "But it's not; the name on the jersey is the name of the school. That's intellectual property of the university."

Salaries typically represent a significant piece of athletic department budgets. At Purdue, for example, the annual pay to football coach Jeff Brohm ($6.6 million) and men's basketball coach Matt Painter ($3 million) represents roughly a quarter of all wages paid out to athletic department employees -- the entity's biggest expense. In June, Purdue announced it was reducing its projected athletic department budget by $10 million, based on an assumption that football would be played and the Boilermakers' home stadium would be filled to 25% capacity.

Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski told ESPN the projection was just a snapshot in time: "We have almost zero clarity still as to what the year is going to look like." Bobinski said the department is "curtailing every ounce of discretionary spending we can." Asked about salary cuts to his coaches, Bobinski said, "The only reason we haven't enacted any of the fancy salary cuts that get a lot of attention is that I want to wait until I have the very best information, because I don't want to go back multiple times to people on things like that."


Pressed on whether he would ask his highest-paid employees to help shoulder the burden, Bobinski said, "Everything is being considered. I get it. I've read every other plan that other folks have enacted. We're thinking about all the same kinds of things. That's all I have to give you on that."

Purdue was among the first universities nationwide to announce in early April that it would not give its faculty merit pay raises in the coming fiscal year. University president Mitch Daniels said at the time it would be "irresponsible" to approve a pool of money for raises that would increase the faculty pay by 3%. Professor Cheryl Cooky, who was as the time the chair of the faculty senate at Purdue, said some faculty members questioned why the athletic department wasn't also cutting costs.

"Certainly, when the merit pay cut was announced, there were questions that came up as to whether or not the football coach and the men's basketball coach were going to take cuts in pay," Cooky said. "That was just sort of brushed aside and wasn't really addressed. For me, I think that would have gone a long way at that time in the sense of we're all in this together."

Of the 65 coaches who have taken what amount to voluntary salary cuts, the highest paid is Harbaugh at Michigan. With the athletic department facing a $26 million deficit, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel agreeing to a 5% salary cut, and the school estimating losses of at least $400 million, Harbaugh took a one-year, 10% cut to his $7.5 million salary.

Michigan announced that Harbaugh and men's basketball coach Juwan Howard were among "many head coaches" at the school who would take 10% cuts. Additionally, full-time staff earning from $50,000 to $100,000 would take 5% cuts and staff earning from $100,001 to $150,000 would see their salaries reduced by 7.5%.

An hour northwest of Ann Arbor, at Michigan State, the university instituted layoffs, salary cuts and other cost-saving measures to counteract a $50 million to $60 million loss in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The school's president, who took a 10% pay reduction, wrote in a letter to the university community, "There are more budget and employment decisions that will impact our community yet to be made." This week, a university spokesman said men's basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mel Tucker would take 7% cuts starting Sept. 1. Their boss, athletic director Bill Beekman, is taking a 10% cut.

Of the 75 universities surveyed by ESPN, nine from the Big Ten and eight from the Pac-12 had coaches who had taken cuts -- the most among conferences. In contrast, in the SEC, only three schools (Missouri, Ole Miss and South Carolina) had coaches who had taken cuts. One (Vanderbilt) refused to respond to questions -- though the school last week fired athletics communications department personnel amid a restructuring -- and the other 10 said their coaches hadn't seen their salaries reduced.

ONE OF THOSE 10 schools was Texas A&M, where Fisher is the fourth highest-paid football coach in the country, earning $7.5 million a year. His assistants take in another combined $7.1 million. In May, Texas A&M asked employees to prepare for possible 7.5% budget reductions across the board. A month earlier, chancellor John Sharp told the Texas Tribune that the A&M system had issued nearly $48 million in refunds for housing and dining during the spring semester. He estimated additional losses at the time were already $33 million and said he expected higher education to be hammered in the state budget.

An athletic department spokesman told ESPN that with the school's fiscal year ending Aug. 31, "Decisions regarding operational expenses are ongoing."

Shane Hinckley, vice president for brand development at Texas A&M, said in a recent interview that the university actually expects to weather the pandemic better than most schools.

"I saw what Arizona did," he said, referencing that school's decision to make across-the-board furloughs and pay cuts, including to athletics. "Right now, Texas A&M is not going through that process. But there are divisions that are looking at eliminating open positions, not rehiring ... and there may be some staff loss, based upon what each unit decides to do, but that's definitely not the general consensus across the board."

With COVID-19 cases rising in Texas, and bars, restaurants and shops having to close -- meaning a further loss in state sales tax revenue -- Hinckley said the situation could change. Either way, Hinckley said he wouldn't speculate whether Fisher or men's basketball coach Buzz Williams should take a pay cut, but Hinckley said that even if they did, it would have a minimal financial impact overall.

Texas A&M faculty senate secretary Alva O. Ferdinand, an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management, said she has been focused on how to prepare faculty for teaching in the fall and that she is "not a huge sports fan."

"I am an immigrant. American football is sort of a thing that occurs that I don't fully understand. I know that I was shocked to find out about the discrepancies in salary," Ferdinand said. However, she said she understood that athletics and academics are funded separately.

"As somebody put it last year, football is sort of the front porch of the university, so I get that," she said. "I don't know that I can say in good conscience, 'Well, yeah, they should take a pay cut.' For now, none of the rest of us are, so I just don't really feel strongly one way or another on that."

On April 2, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard held a teleconference with media to detail how every member of his department, including himself, would take a 10% hit. Most notably, that included football coach Matt Campbell ($3.6 million) and men's basketball coach Steve Prohm ($2.4 million). Both coaches also would forgo any possible bonuses. With that, Iowa State became the first school in the country to announce its highest-paid coaches would forgo parts of their salary because of the pandemic. More than two dozen schools followed suit.

And Pollard warned that tougher times could be ahead depending on how bad the pandemic gets. Without fall sports, namely football, his department faces a $40 million shortfall over the next six months. The department's largest line item is the $30 million it pays in salaries each year, representing 35% of its total budget.

"Is it a winter blizzard where we are all hunkering down for the weekend? [Is it] the farmer's almanac saying we are in for a tough winter? [Is it] an ice age?" he told reporters.

"If we don't play football this fall, it's ice age time."

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Oklahoma, Lincoln Riley agree to a new six-year contract as Sooners prep for 2020 season

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has agreed to a new six-year contract with the school through the 2025 season, a source told ESPN.  The new agreement adds two years to Riley's contract, which still must be approved by Oklahoma's board of regents, which meets this week. The Athletic first reported the new agreement for Riley.

Oklahoma increased Riley's salary to $6 million annually in January 2019. His previous agreement included $700,000 bonuses for each year he remains at OU, as well as annual salary increases of $150,000. His 2019 salary of $6,384,462 ranked ninth among FBS coaches, according to USA Today's database




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Bump... Since folks may wonder how much to change TEXAS staff...

Here’s a breakdown of Texas’ assistant coaching annual salaries (and remaining contract years):

  • Mike Yurcich, offensive coordinator, $1.7 million (three - through 2022 season)
  • Chris Ash, defensive coordinator, $800,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Jay Boulware, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator, $700,000 (three - through 2022 season)
  • Herb Hand, offensive line, $700,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Stan Drayton, running backs, $650,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Coleman Hutzler, linebackers, $600,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Mark Hagen, defensive tackles, $550,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Yancy McKnight, strength coach, $510,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Oscar Giles, defensive ends, $400,000 (two - through 2021 season)
  • Andre Coleman, receivers, $350,000 (year to year)
  • Jay Valai, cornerbacks, $300,000 (two - through 2021 season)

Tom Herman is set to earn $6 million in 2020; $6.25 million in 2021; $6.5 million in 2022; and $6.75 million in 2023.


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1 Alabama SEC Nick Saban $9,100,000 $0 $9,100,000 $9,300,000 $0 $36,800,000
2 Louisiana State SEC Ed Orgeron $8,687,500 $0 $8,687,500 $8,918,500 $0 $23,850,000
3 Clemson ACC Dabo Swinney $8,258,575 $0 $8,258,575 $8,319,775 $1,250,000 $50,000,000
4 Michigan Big Ten Jim Harbaugh $8,054,000 $268,721 $7,785,279 $8,036,179 $554,584 $6,367,929
5 Texas A&M SEC Jimbo Fisher $7,500,000 $0 $7,500,000 $7,500,000 $0 $53,125,000
6 Georgia SEC Kirby Smart $6,803,600 $0 $6,803,600 $6,933,600 $0 $19,835,834
7 Auburn SEC Gus Malzahn $6,900,000 $0 $6,900,000 $6,927,589 $0 $21,450,000
8 Oklahoma Big 12 Lincoln Riley $6,507,143 $300,417 $6,202,726 $6,202,726 $515,000 $30,974,666
9 Texas Christian Big 12 Gary Patterson -- -- -- $6,130,937 -- --
10 Florida SEC Dan Mullen $6,070,000 $0 $6,070,000 $6,070,000 $0 $12,000,000
11 Texas Big 12 Tom Herman $6,000,000 $172,083 $5,827,917 $5,827,917 $516,250 $15,416,667
12 Ohio State Big Ten Ryan Day $5,748,264 $101,570 $5,646,694 $5,651,694 $236,877 $45,464,910
13 Northwestern Big Ten Pat Fitzgerald -- -- -- $5,218,658 -- --
14 Michigan State Big Ten Mel Tucker $5,057,000 $99,750 $4,957,250 $5,057,250 $266,000 $23,186,513
15 Kentucky SEC Mark Stoops $5,000,000 $0 $5,000,000 $5,013,600 $0 $23,750,000
16 Mississippi State SEC Mike Leach $5,000,000 $0 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 --
17 Nebraska Big Ten Scott Frost $5,000,000 $166,667 $4,833,333 $4,833,333 $166,667 $25,375,000
18 Stanford Pac-12 David Shaw -- -- -- $4,812,197 -- --
19 Iowa Big Ten Kirk Ferentz $4,900,000 $229,250 $4,670,750 $4,670,750 $393,000 $20,721,250
20 Utah Pac-12 Kyle Whittingham $5,000,000 $365,822 $4,634,178 $4,634,178 $365,822 $9,250,000
21 Southern California Pac-12 Clay Helton -- -- -- $4,569,507 -- --
22 South Carolina SEC Will Muschamp $4,600,000 $230,000 $4,370,000 $4,370,000 $470,000 $15,378,750
23 UCLA Pac-12 Chip Kelly $4,300,000 $0 $4,300,000 $4,300,000 $0 $9,000,000
24 Minnesota Big Ten P.J. Fleck $4,600,000 $318,320 $4,281,680 $4,281,680 $548,320 $18,697,250
25 Virginia Tech ACC Justin Fuente $4,250,000 $0 $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $0 $12,500,000
26 Oklahoma State Big 12 Mike Gundy $4,250,000 $91,146 $4,158,854 $4,158,854 $312,500 $6,351,563
27 Pittsburgh ACC Pat Narduzzi -- -- -- $4,075,994 -- --
28 Wisconsin Big Ten Paul Chryst $4,250,000 $318,750 $3,931,250 $3,983,750 $318,750 $15,328,333
29 Missouri SEC Eliah Drinkwitz $4,025,000 $100,000 $3,925,000 $3,925,000 $100,000 $14,350,000
30 Tennessee SEC Jeremy Pruitt $3,846,000 $0 $3,846,000 $3,846,000 $0 $12,880,000
31 Virginia ACC Bronco Mendenhall $4,100,000 $264,794 $3,835,206 $3,836,706 $264,794 $16,886,875
32 Illinois Big Ten Lovie Smith $4,000,000 $200,000 $3,800,000 $3,800,000 $200,000 $2,600,000
33 Indiana Big Ten Tom Allen $3,770,000 $0 $3,770,000 $3,770,000 $50,000 $20,550,000
34 Mississippi SEC Lane Kiffin $3,900,000 $135,750 $3,764,250 $3,764,250 $275,250 --
35 Rutgers Big Ten Greg Schiano $4,030,000 $266,664 $3,763,336 $3,763,336 $266,664 $24,600,000
36 Arizona State Pac-12 Herm Edwards $3,500,000 $0 $3,500,000 $3,640,000 $0 $16,291,667
37 Houston AAC Dana Holgorsen $3,800,000 $190,000 $3,610,000 $3,610,000 $190,000 $9,416,667
38 Vanderbilt SEC Derek Mason -- -- -- $3,534,497 -- --
39 Florida State ACC Mike Norvell $4,000,000 $468,750 $3,531,250 $3,531,250 $968,750 $19,111,719
40 North Carolina ACC Mack Brown $3,500,000 $43,750 $3,456,250 $3,456,250 $112,500 $3,156,250
41 Iowa State Big 12 Matt Campbell $3,700,000 $248,562 $3,451,438 $3,451,438 $497,124 $20,308,333
42 Kansas Big 12 Les Miles $3,450,000 $150,000 $3,300,000 $3,300,000 $150,000 $8,556,250
43 Arizona Pac-12 Kevin Sumlin $3,100,000 $216,667 $2,883,333 $3,283,333 $455,000 $7,500,000
44 California Pac-12 Justin Wilcox $3,350,000 $73,752 $3,276,248 $3,276,248 $228,756 $19,566,250
45 Cincinnati AAC Luke Fickell $3,400,000 $127,500 $3,272,500 $3,272,500 $255,000 $23,800,000
46 Syracuse ACC Dino Babers -- -- -- $3,208,683 -- --
47 NC State ACC Dave Doeren $3,250,000 $121,875 $3,128,125 $3,133,125 $446,875 $5,010,416
48 Georgia Tech ACC Geoff Collins $3,100,000 $0 $3,100,000 $3,100,000 $0 $17,258,333
49 Louisville ACC Scott Satterfield $3,250,000 $162,500 $3,087,500 $3,087,500 $325,000 $9,810,938
50 Colorado Pac-12 Karl Dorrell $3,200,000 $160,000 $3,040,000 $3,040,000 $320,000 $15,200,000
51 West Virginia Big 12 Neal Brown $3,105,000 $155,000 $2,950,000 $2,950,000 $312,500 $12,975,000
52 Washington Pac-12 Jimmy Lake $3,000,000 $87,500 $2,912,500 $2,912,500 $152,084 $13,410,417
53 Arkansas SEC Sam Pittman $3,000,000 $100,000 $2,900,000 $2,900,000 $250,000 --
54 Texas Tech Big 12 Matt Wells $3,000,000 $127,167 $2,872,833 $2,872,833 $390,833 $9,068,179
55 Washington State Pac-12 Nick Rolovich $3,020,000 $150,000 $2,870,000 $2,870,000 $181,250 $5,465,000
56 Duke ACC David Cutcliffe -- -- -- $2,784,769 -- --
57 Oregon Pac-12 Mario Cristobal $2,700,000 $157,500 $2,542,500 $2,542,500 $285,333 $5,325,250
58 Maryland Big Ten Mike Locksley $2,605,000 $130,250 $2,474,750 $2,474,750 $265,500 $7,461,756
59 Kansas State Big 12 Chris Klieman $2,500,000 $176,042 $2,323,958 $2,323,958 $360,750 $17,622,405
60 Navy AAC
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11. Tom Herman, Texas (2020 salary: $6M; buyout as of Dec.1:  $15.4M)

The word: To fire Tom Herman this season, the Longhorns' deep-pocketed boosters would need to shell out $15.4 million dollars if removed prior to Dec. 1 in addition coaching staff holds. 

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Details of Shane Beamer’s contract at South Carolina

By Doug Samuels -   December 15, 2020

South Carolina’s board of trustees have approved a five-year deal for new head coach Shane Beamer, according to multiple reports today.

Those reports share that the deal will pay him an annual salary of $2.75 million.  That salary would be the lowest among the 13 SEC programs that publicly report their salaries. The next closest in salary is Sam Pittman at Arkansas, who makes a half million more annually at $3 million. The Gamecocks are on the hook to Will Muschamp for over $15 million in buyout money, per his contract.

If fired, Beamer would be due 65% of his contract by South Carolina.

Beamer was officially announced as the new leader of the program earlier in December after spending the last few seasons as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.

We’ll bring more details of the contract, including more on the buyout terms and incentives, as they’re revealed.  


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Defensive coordinators lead the way in latest USA Today assistant salary database

By Zach Barnett -  December 15, 2020

The latest USA Today coaching salary database, released Tuesday, shows that defensive coordinators accounted for…

… 4 of the top 5
… 7 of the top 8
… 12 of the top 16

… highest paid assistant coaches. That group was primarily populated by the SEC, but the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 were all represented among the top eight.

Here is the top 25 (for purposes of documenting trends within the industry, we’re ignoring pandemic-induced pay cuts and listing only what each coach was scheduled to make in 2020):

1. Steve Sarkisian, Alabama — $2.5 million
1. Kevin Steele, Auburn — $2.5 million
3. Brent Venables, Clemson — $2.4 million
4. Bo Pelini, LSU — $2.305 million
5. Mike Elko, Texas A&M — $2.1 million
6. Todd Grantham, Florida — $1.801 million
7. Alex Grinch, Oklahoma — $1.8 million
8. Don Brown, Michigan — $1.7 million
8. Mike Yurcich, Texas — $1.7 million
10. Jim Chaney, Tennessee — $1.6 million
10. Tony Elliott, Clemson — $1.6 million
12. Kerry Coombs, Ohio State — $1.4 million
13. Barry Odom, Arkansas — $1.3 million
14. Dan Lanning, Georgia — $1.25 million
15. Pete Golding, Alabama — $1.225 million
16. Travaris Robinson, South Carolina — $1.2 million
16. Mike Bobo, South Carolina — $1.2 million
16. Kevin Wilson, Ohio State — $1.2 million
19. Greg Mattison, Ohio State — $1.133 million
19. Larry Johnson, Ohio State — $1.133 million
21. Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin — $1.128 million
22. Todd Monken, Georgia — $1.1 million
22. Pete Kiwatkowsi, Washington — $1.1 million
24. Derrick Ansley, Tennessee — $1 million
25. Kendal Briles, Arkansas — $1 million
25. Steve Ensminger, LSU — $1 million



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