Update> …And right on cue… Lincoln Riley has received quite a nice bump.
#Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's contract extended through Jan. 31, 2020 to $1.3m
— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) May 11, 2017
University of Texas regents on Wednesday approved contracts for most of Tom Herman’s assistants, led by defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s 3-year deal that will pay him a salary of $1.09 million a year.
The seven figure salary is the highest ever paid to a Texas assistant, and it completes — or, rather, continues — a meteoric rise in Orlando’s status as a college football assistant and a commensurate rise in his salary. Orlando’s next job will likely be as a head coach (with a raise to boot), meaning the Texas post is probably his final as an assistant. And with that, we took a look at the explosive growth in Orlando’s annual salary as he’s climbed the coaching ladder.
Todd Orlando Salary Progression
|2012||FIU defensive coordinator||$133,100|
|2013||Utah State defensive coordinator||$202,240|
|2014||Utah State defensive coordinator||$214,893|
|2015||Houston defensive coordinator||$501,000|
|2016||Houston defensive coordinator||$526,000|
|2017||Texas defensive coordinator||$1.09 million|
That’s an 850 percent raise over the course of six seasons. And, as we know, Orlando is far from the only coach to enjoy such a skyrocketing salary. Thanks to the USA Today coaching salary database, here are some comparable rises experienced by other coaches.
|2012||Utah State defensive coordinator||$155,000|
|2013||Wisconsin defensive coordinator||$480,000|
|2014||Wisconsin defensive coordinator||$480,000|
|2015||Wisconsin defensive coordinator||$520,000|
|2016||LSU defensive coordinator||$1.315 million|
|2017||LSU defensive coordinator||$1.8 million|
|2009||UCF linebackers coach||$127,531|
|2010||FIU defensive coordinator||$146,969|
|2011||Mississippi State linebackers coach||$280,000|
|2012||Mississippi State linebackers coach||$284,200|
|2013||Mississippi State defensive coordinator||$291,700|
|2014||Mississippi State defensive coordinator||$575,000|
|2015||Florida defensive coordinator||$701,500|
|2016||Florida defensive coordinator||$1.05 million|
|2017||Temple head coach||$2 million|
|2014||Southern Miss offensive coordinator||$150,000|
|2015||Southern Miss offensive coordinator||$150,000|
|2016||Arizona State offensive coordinator||$650,000|
|2017||Auburn offensive coordinator||$700,000|
|2010||Alabama defensive backs coach||$190,000|
|2011||Alabama defensive backs coach||$395,000|
|2012||Alabama defensive backs coach||$260,000|
|2013||Florida State defensive coordinator||$500,000|
|2014||Georgia defensive coordinator||$851,600|
|2015||Georgia defensive coordinator||$1.3 million|
|2016||Alabama defensive coordinator||$1 million*|
|2017||Alabama defensive coordinator||$1 million*|
* – with a $300,000 offset from Georgia
|2012||East Carolina offensive coordinator||$151,800|
|2013||East Carolina offensive coordinator||$200,000|
|2014||East Carolina offensive coordinator||$275,000|
|2015||Oklahoma offensive coordinator||$500,000|
|2016||Oklahoma offensive coordinator||$900,000|
|2017||Oklahoma offensive coordinator||$1.3 million|
And now the mother of all climbers.
|2010||Arkansas State offensive coordinator||$89,710|
|2011||Arkansas State head coach||$151,660|
|2012||Ole Miss head coach||$1.5 million|
|2013||Ole Miss head coach||$2 million|
|2014||Ole Miss head coach||$3 million|
|2015||Ole Miss head coach||$4.3 million|
|2016||Ole Miss head coach||$4.7 million|
|2017||Ole Miss head coach||$4.85 million|
Some of you reading this may be on the cusp of a 6-year rise like Orlando, Aranda (1,161 percent raise), Pruitt, Lindsey or even a Freeze (a whopping 5,406 percent raise!). Many more may be six years away from a 6-year run like this. But the point is this: someone is going to be the next Todd Orlando, the next Geoff Collins, the next Lincoln Riley.
The question you have to ask your self is: Who’s it going to be?