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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday November 10, 2009

College coaches contracts: Full USA Today report on contracts. Notes are below.Link...

Alabama offensive line coach Joe Pendry's contract: Alabama offensive line coach Joe Pendry, 62, has a provision in his contract that will guarantee his employment until age 65 as a "regular part-time employee, at the then prevailing federal minimum wage" if his contract is terminated without cause.

Western Michigan assistants: Western Michigan is a rarity among schools in conferences that lack automatic BCS bids: The school's assistants each get retention bonuses. The payouts range from $5,000 to $7,500 and are paid no later than March 31 each year.

Norm Chow's contract: UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow is scheduled to have his annual "talent fee" increase from $50,000 to $140,000 on Feb. 15. He will also get a $250,000 retention bonus if he's still at the school for the 2010 spring practice, although he would have to repay it if he's fired for cause or if he leaves without cause before the end of the 2010 season.

66 assistants make over $300,000: At least 66 football assistants, including more than two dozen in the Southeastern Conference, make $300,000 or more.

Tennessee contracts: Of the 60-plus assistants USA TODAY found making $300,000 or more this season, 29 are in the SEC and 15 in the Big 12. Tennessee became a pacesetter, handing its head coaching job to Lane Kiffin, who in turn recruited a who's who staff of assistants and paid them accordingly.

East Carolina assistants: Each East Carolina assistant gets $2 for each full-season ticket package sold after the first 15,000.

5-year contracts: Of the six assistants in the nation with five-year deals, half are employed by Oklahoma State: co-offensive coordinators Gunter Brewer and Joe Wickline, and associate head coach Joseph DeForest. (West Virginia associate head coach John "Doc" Holliday, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and Illinois running backs coach Reggie Mitchell are the other assistants with five-year deals.) Every coach at Oklahoma State is working under a multiyear deal, with running backs coach Robert Gillespie possessing the shortest contract (two years).

Toledo assistants: Toledo is the only non-BCS school to have all nine assistant coaches under multiyear deals. Each Rockets assistant is working under a two-year contract with the Mid-American Conference school. The Sun Belt's Florida International has eight of its coaches under multiyear contracts.

Kiffin spending money to make money: "I really think you have to spend money to make money," the younger Kiffin says. "When you go out, get those coaches, that's going to translate into recruiting, winning, ticket sales, your team doing better, (and) I don't think you ever ask those questions again."

He cites Alabama's rise under Nick Saban, who is making $3.9 million this year. "When he was hired ... every article was, 'I can't believe how much we paid Nick Saban at Alabama,' " Kiffin says. "Well, guess what? Nobody writes about it anymore because they win. So when we start winning, nobody is going to write about how much we pay our assistant coaches because, in turn, we're going to make a lot more money by them being there. I don't think it's a big deal."

Quoting Jimmy Sexton (about Memphis): "There are high schools in Memphis that have been video equipment than Memphis does. As a coach, your video system is the life blood of what you do everyday. I think at Memphis, there are 2 or 3 laptops for the coaches to use."

Mike Gundy "not sure why Oklahoma State hired me": "I'm not so sure five years ago I would have hired me now, looking back," Gundy said Monday. "Boy, you sure learn a lot in a lot of areas, and there's a lot more to learn. But patience is one of the most important things and being resilient is another area."

"Just look back at all the mistakes that you can make as a head coach, and you think I don't know why," Gundy said. "When I was doing it - I think that we all probably are more critical of ourselves than other people - I just made a lot of mistakes, and I don't know that I would have hired me back then."

Gundy said he embarked on the job with an "I'm going to do it my way" attitude and dismissed the advice of former coaches and administrators.

"And then you realize that most of those people who had been in that situation do have a clue what's going on," Gundy said.

"I think that the important aspect of Oklahoma State football is the continuity we have from top to bottom, and the coaches are in place and the system, and I think that's making more of a difference than anything," Gundy said. "It's so difficult to have success when you don't have a structured plan and a base foundation in place to move forward. It's just really difficult."

Tommy West talks after dismissal:Video...

Quoting Rich Rod: "Losing wears on a lot of people," Rodriguez said. "It wears on the coaches probably more than anybody. I know our fans are frustrated, coaches are frustrated, and players are frustrated, but what are you going to do? You don't have a reset button. You just have to learn from it and move on."

Does it wear on Rodriguez?

"It'll wear on me, but I hide it pretty good," he said. "It's harder on the family, probably, (wife) Rita and the kids, than anybody else. It's not fun when you go home after a loss.

"The best way to feel better is to go try to win the next one."

Ole Miss defensive end Lockett comments on Ed Orgeron: "You could count on him every Monday night," the UM defensive end said. "And when he calls you it's not just him. It was on speaker phone and you'd hear every other coach in the background - BIG 40! KENTRELL!"

Quoting Western Kentucky AD (on Elson dismissal): "We have been very, very patient over the years," Selig said. "We've watched it. We've watched it very closely. It's been a constant evaluation. ...We just didn't get the sense that we were close to pulling out of this spiral that we have been in with regard to simply getting a win. Not five or six wins but a win."

"We just felt like a change was needed at this particular time to rejuvenate interest in our program, rejuvenate excitement around our program and to take our program the next step of the way in our transition," Selig said.

Idaho coach Akey stirs the pot: "It needs to be turned back into a rival game," Akey said. "I know I'm not supposed to say things like that because I'm supposed to pay homage to Boise State and we're not supposed to even line up. In fact, it was suggested by some people that we just treat this like a bye week and don't bother to even go play the game because we can't touch them.

"But we're going to be there. Kickoff is at 1:30 and we're going to get there around 11:30 so we make sure they can't start without us. We're going to pin our ears back and get after it and we're going to have a great time with this ball game."