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Washington's assistant coaches will now be one of the highest paid staffs in college football

According to the Seattle Times, Washington and Chris Petersen really stepped up to the plate to keep Jimmy Lake with the Huskies this off season.

Lake will reportedly join the $1 million coordinator club after signing a three-year contract extension worth at least $1.1 million annually. The extension comes on the heels of an off season where Lake garnered quite a bit of interest from other programs, which led to defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski voluntarily handing over play-calling duties to Lake in an effort to keep him with the Huskies.

The new deal includes a pay bump that nearly doubles what Lake made in 2017, and the Seattle Times points out that if a Pac-12 program wanted to lure him away it would cost them the full $2.2 million remaining on his deal as a buyout, which is pretty hefty by industry coordinator standards. Programs outside of the Pac-12 would have to pay half of what remains on his contract after the 2018 season, and Lake would be able to leave without penalty for either a head coaching job, or NFL defensive coordinator opportunity.

As for the rest of Petersen's staff, Kwiatkowski has also signed a three-year extension that keeps him with the program through January of 2021 that comes with a raise of $25k in 2018, and additional raises that will get him to $1 million for 2020.

That will mean that come 2020, Washington will be one of a handful of programs with multiple coordinators in the million dollar coordinator club.

On the other side of the ball, offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan will make $700k as part of his three-year deal.

The rest of the staff's annual salaries are as follows, the Seattle Times points out:

Chris Petersen - $4.375 million
Jimmy Lake - co-DC - $1.1 million
Pete Kwiatkowski - co-DC - $900k
Bush Hamdan - OC - $700k
Bob Gregory - LBs / ST - $550k
Scott Huff - OL - $500k
Matt Lubick - WRs - $475k
Keith Bhonapha - RBs - $355k
Ikaika Malloe - DL - $355k
Jordan Paopao - TEs - $300k
Will Harris - DBs - $200k

As a whole, the Huskies coaching staff will go from 9th nationally in total salary - where they were in 2017, up to about 5th nationally with the new pay bumps to get them to about $5.44 million, according to the numbers from last year's salary pools provided by USA Today.

Back in February, Ohio State's staff pay eclipsed the $7 million mark, and the other teams that would have ranked ahead of them based on last year's salary figures have undergone some overhauls in LSU (offensive coordinator Matt Canada is no longer there, and Dave Aranda landed nice pay day), Michigan (who essentially replaced Tim Drevno with Jim McElwain), and Florida (Dan Mullen brought a whole new staff to Gainesville).

Head over to the Seattle Times to read more.