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Todd Grantham becomes the next college assistant to almost join the $1 million club

Todd Grantham earned $850,000 as Georgia's defensive coordinator in 2013, which placed him fifth nationally among all coordinators.

At Louisville, he'll receive a bump in pay to $975,000... and see his ranking drop to sixth, thanks to a massive raise for LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and a $1 million contract for new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that new Cardinals coordinators Grantham and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee will make a total of $1.625 million. McGee will make $650,000, a $100,000 raise from what he earned as UAB's head coach in 2013.

In total, while Bobby Petrino himself will earn $700,000 less than Charlie Strong in 2013, his staff will be paid half a million more, up from $2.7 million in 2013 to $3.2 million in 2014.

Thanks to the Courier-Journal, here's how the Louisville staff payroll breaks down:

- Todd Grantham, defensive coordinator: $975,000
- Garrick McGee, offensive coordinator: $650,000
- Chris Klenakis, offensive line: $300,000
- Greg Brown, safeties/recruiting coordinator: $300,000
- Tony Grantham, inside linebackers/special teams coordinator: $300,000
- Terrell Buckey, cornerbacks: $200,000
- Lamar Thomas, wide receivers: $200,000
- Kolby Smith, running backs: $150,000
- L.D. Scott, defensive line: $150,000




Video: Illinois provides an up-close and final look at its spring QB derby

Throughout the spring, Illinois has provided an enlightening and somewhat groundbreaking blow-by-blow view of its ongoing quarterback derby between senior Riley O'Toole, sophomore Wes Lunt and sophomore Aaron Bailey. While most coaches keep their quarterback battles out of plain sight, Illinois turned theirs into an online reality series.

This fourth and final installment focuses solely on the Illini's Orange and Blue game, held last Saturday. The quarterbacks were split apart, with O'Toole and Lunt on the Blue squad and Bailey on the Orange. O'Toole had the best day of the three, but it's hard to know what offensive coordinator Bill Cubit thinks considering he is only heard talking to Bailey on the Orange sideline. 

Head coach Tim Beckman maintains the derby is still wide open, which is a great opportunity for me to plead that Illinois continues this series into the fall. Each quarterback has an endearing personality, and it would be absolutely fascinating theater to see the series continue when the stakes are raised four months from now.




Bemidji State using spring game to raise money for a player with cancer

In October, Bemidji State freshman offensive lineman Jake Krause was diagnosed with cancer, specifically Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In the six months since, the Krause family has incurred the type of costs a family trying to keep its son alive incurs. 

And now his football program wants to help.

Bemidji State will hold its annual spring game on Thursday night. Admission is free to the public, but the school will take donations to help the Krause family cover the cost of Jake's medical care. 

The Wadena, Minn., native is currently undergoing chemotherapy and hopes to return to the team in the fall.

For those not able to make it to Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minn., in the next 48 hours, donations can also be mailed to the BSU Foundation, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE #17, Bemidji, MN, 56601. 




The Big Ten has announced a dozen primetime telecasts for this fall

A week ago, the Big Ten announced six games selected by ABC and ESPN for primetime telecasts, and today the conference unveiled six more games for broadcast on Big Ten Network, giving the conference a total of 14 primetime games as of today.

It's not great, but it's a long stride from where the Big Ten was a few years ago. There are even two November games designated for under-the-lights telecasts. 

Ohio State and Nebraska make four primetime appearances apiece, most in the conference. Rutgers gets its Big Ten debut at home against Penn State in a primetime slot on BTN, and fellow newcomer Maryland gets defending Big Ten champion at home versus Michigan State under the lights on Nov. 15. Overall, there's a high hit rate in the Big Ten's primetime slate.

Here is the list as it stands today. Expect the number to rise when the season gets underway.

Saturday, Sept. 6
Virginia Tech at Ohio State - 8 p.m. ET - ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 13
Penn State at Rutgers - 8 p.m. ET - BTN

Saturday, Sept. 20
Miami at Nebraska - 8 p.m. ET - ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Sept. 27
Cincinnati at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET - BTN
Illinois at Nebraska - 9 p.m. ET - BTN

Saturday, Oct. 4
Michigan at Rutgers - 7 p.m. ET - BTN
Nebraska at Michigan State - 8 p.m. ET - ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Oct. 11
Penn State at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET - ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Oct. 18
Nebraska at Northwestern - 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN

Saturday, Oct. 25
Ohio State at Penn State - 8 p.m. ET - ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Nov. 1
Illinois at Ohio State - 8 p.m. ET - ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Nov. 15
Michigan State at Maryland - 8 p.m. ET - BTN




Snyder: It's only good to have your whole staff returning if...

Keeping your coaching staff together through an off season is a rare accomplishment. Conventional coaching wisdom says that keeping the same guys in the office, and interacting with your players year after year drastically helps your odds of having a successful program.

However, legendary Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder wants you take that "conventional coaching wisdom" with a grain of salt.

“It is a plus to have all of your staff returning, but it is a plus only if that staff continues to grow and continues to provide the foundation for our players to improve on a regular basis. When you have been in a position — yours, mine, anyone — the longer that you are in it the more susceptible you are to taking certain aspects for granted. We need to be awfully careful about that.” he told the Topeka Capital-Journal.

“Just the fact that you have the same people in place, it will be very easy to think it will just be done how it has always been done. Then you get yourself in some dire straits if you accept it that way." Snyder, who returns his entire coaching staff from 2013 after losing two assistants the previous season, explains.

As a head coach, hiring great coaches (and quality people), can be hard it itself, but Snyder's wisdom is a reminder to also look for hungry coaches during the hiring process. Don't hire guys that are going to get complacent the longer that they're around, and make sure you're creating an environment that keeps them hungry for clinics, conventions, and the occasional night of drawing plays on napkins over some beers.

Anytime coach Snyder speaks about coaching philosophy, he has the ears of the entire coaching profession, and for good reason.  




SEC Network debuts 'Take It All In' campaign with 14 new videos

SEC Network launches 114 days from today. As the new ESPN entity looks to build hype (and, thus, pressure television providers for carriage), the network has launched a new "Take It All In" campaign with promotional videos geared toward each of the SEC's 14 member institutions.

Something tells me this SEC Network thing is really going to take off. 

Alabama:

Arkansas:

Auburn:

Florida:

Georgia:

Kentucky:

LSU:

Mississippi State:

Missouri:

Ole Miss:

South Carolina:

Tennessee:

Texas A&M:

Vanderbilt:




Video: Just how fast is 'Auburn fast'?

Ever since Gus Malzahn held an Auburn play call sheet in his hands as the offensive coordinator under Gene Chizik, Auburn has been known as a fast paced offense.

It was no secret that when Malzahn took over the Tiger program they were going to push the tempo, but now that tempo has embedded itself as a part of the Auburn football brand. Now when you think of up tempo teams, Auburn is one of the first teams that come to mind.

Now the program has decided to expand on that branding a little further by taking historical moments from the football program's history and labeling them as "Auburn Fast". The video department has used legends like Cam Newton and Bo Jackson in the 31 second clips, but the best one is the last clip in my opinion.

Smart move to brand the program like this, and this is something that any program can do with a little research.




Watch fans try to dance like Gary Pinkel at the spring game

Following their Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State, Gary Pinkel celebrated like most programs did following a big win last fall...with a little dancing.

For those of you that don't remember it, here it is in all of its glory.

At the spring game, Mizzou had cameras skipping from tailgate to tailgate, and parking lot to parking lot to see if fans could imitate what is now known as "the Pinkel Dance". Some of them nailed it, some did their own freestyle, and others seem to possess even less dance skill than most FBS coaches.

Mike Gundy has the Gundy (which is significantly higher on the difficulty meter), and now Pinkel's moves are being recognized as an official dance of the fan base.