After deciding to leave the Power Five for the non-Power Five ranks, Dana Holgorsen has quietly, and steadily put together a quality staff at Houston.

Holgo’s deal at Houston is better than the one he had in eight seasons at West Virginia, as he’s due a guaranteed salary of $3.7 million in 2019, $3.8 million in 2020, $4 million in 2021, $4.2 million in 2022 and $4.3 million in 2023. In year eight in Morgantown, Holgorsen made $3.7 million leading the Mountaineers. Houston stepped up to ensure he’d be making that year one with the Coogs.

Houston gave him a salary pool of $4.2 million to assemble his staff, which includes the off-field personnel as well, Duarte points out.

This morning, Houston beat write Joseph Duarte shared coaching salaries of Holgo’s official staff additions with a series of tweets. See the details in the table below.

Coach Title Length Annual Salary
Brandon Jones Co-OC /OL 3 years $500k
Doug Belk Co-DC / CBs 3 years $400k
Marquel Blackwell Co-OC / QBs 3 years $400k
Joe Cauthen DC 3 years $430k (2019), $450k (2020-21)
Tyron Carrrier Assistant HC / WRs 2 years $300k
Shannon Dawson Offensive Assistant 1 year $200k
Blake Gideon STC / safeties 1 year $150k
Brian Early DL 2 years $250k
Darl Bauer Head S&C 3 years $250k


Jones joins the staff after briefly joining Mack Brown’s UNC staff as offensive line coach, and he spent last year coaching the offensive line at Texas Tech, while Blackwell, Carrier, and Belk all came with Holgo from West Virginia. Gideon served as the corners coach at Georgia State last year, and Shannon Dawson was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.

Holgo brought Cauthen and Early to the staff from Arkansas State, where they held the same roles on Blake Anderson’s staff. Duarte points out that Cauthen got a $20k signing bonus with his contract.

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