The world of college football is constantly evolving. Whether it’s new rules, or schemes, or an increase in compensation, nothing stays the same for long.
USA Today took a look at coaching salaries and their rise over the past few years, as well as pointing out the higest paid assistants.
With Monte Kiffin on his way out at USC after their bowl game, Clemson’s Chad Morris will take over as the highest paid assistant in the country. Morris made $1.3 million this past season, which interestingly enough, was more than the entire assitant coaches salary pool for 41 different programs.
The next four highest paid assistant coaches are all SEC defensive coordinators with Alabama’s Kirby Smart, LSU’s John Chavis, Auburn’s Brian VanGorder, and Georgia’s Todd Grantham rounding out the rest of the top five.
The article also points out that just two schools (Clemson and LSU) have pools for their assistant coaches that total more than $4 million, while seven schools have $3 million set aside for their assistants (Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida State, Oklahoma State). Back in 2009 only one school (Tennessee) had a staff that made more than $3 million.
The average pay for an assistant coach at an FBS school in 2012 was $201,000. Not surprisingly, the SEC has set the bar with the highest average compensation among coaches ($315,000), with the Big 12 not far behind ($290,000).