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How much do you want to make five years from now? These coaches prove anything's possible

Update> ...And right on cue... Lincoln Riley has received quite a nice bump.

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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

Year

Job

Salary

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.

Dave Aranda

Year

Job

Salary

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

Geoff Collins

Year

Job

Salary

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

Chip Lindsey

Year

Job

Salary

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

Jeremy Pruitt

Year

Job

Salary

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

Lincoln Riley

Year

Job

Salary

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.

Hugh Freeze

Year

Job

Salary

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?