In his first season at the FBS level after previously calling the plays for an explosive offense at Princeton (FCS - NJ), Sean Gleeson did put up some truly incredible numbers leading the Oklahoma State offense. With some key pieces coming back, Gleeson could have likely built on that success heading into year two.
But then Rutgers and Greg Schiano reached out to Gleeson with an offer he simply couldn't refuse, and the young offensive play caller made the decision to head back to familiar territory in New Jersey.
Gleeson signed a three-year deal in Piscataway that makes him the highest paid assistant coach in program history, according to NJ.com.
The report shares that Gleeson will make a $805,000 in his first season (a program record), followed by $855,000 in 2021 and $905,000.
For some perspective - Jim McNulty, who served as offensive coordinator on Chris Ash's staff last season, made $625,000.
Gleeson would owe a buyout of $800k if he left for another job prior to February 28th, 2021, and that drops significantly to $300k on March 1 and drops again to $150k on March 1, 2022. No buyout would be owed if Gleeson were to leave for an FBS or NFL head coaching opportunity.
The report adds that Greg Schiano's pursuit of Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile for the defensive coordinator role has the potential to set a new record for highest paid assistant coach. Campanile is a former assistant coach and player for the program. However, I wouldn't expect Jim Harbaugh to let go of another one of his key recruiters on the east coast very easily after Chris Partridge left for Ole Miss recently.
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