Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:39 am
NU assistant Beck gets big bump in salary
NU assistant salaries
Assistant, 2012, 2013
Tim Beck, $365K, $700K
John Papuchis, $300K, $310K
Ron Brown, $240K, $254K
Barney Cotton, $240K, $254K
John Garrison, $160K, $245K
Terry Joseph, $230K, $245K
Ross Els, $220K, $230K
Rick Kaczenski, $195K, $208.9K
Rich Fisher, $180K, $200K
Totals, $2.13M, $2.64M

LINCOLN — Nebraska nearly doubled the salary of Tim Beck, making the offensive coordinator among the best-compensated assistants in the Big Ten.

According to updated NU salaries obtained Wednesday by The World-Herald, Beck's annual pay was elevated to $700,000, effective Jan. 1.

Beck made $365,000 in 2012, his second year as the Huskers' offensive coordinator and fifth season on coach Bo Pelini's staff.

Pelini told The World-Herald before the Capital One Bowl that Beck was poised to receive a pay bump that had already been run past Tom Osborne and Shawn Eichorst in the athletic department, as well as NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman. Pelini said that he believed Beck deserved an increase, and also said at least two schools had contacted Beck about staff positions.

With Monte Kiffin stepping away at Southern Cal after making more than $1.5 million as the Trojans' defensive coordinator, the other top-paid assistants in 2012, according to USA Today, were Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris ($1,306,500) and four defensive coordinators at Southeastern Conference schools — Kirby Smart of Alabama ($950,000), John Chavis of LSU ($911,250), Brian VanGorder of Auburn ($875,000) and Todd Grantham of Georgia ($825,000).

Both Smart and Chavis are scheduled to have their compensation go beyond $1 million in 2013.

Also according to USA Today figures — which don't include salaries from many private schools — 18 assistants were making at least $600,000 in 2012, more than four times the number in 2009. In the Big Ten, both Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison earned more than $750,000 in 2012.

Beck will jump ahead of Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, who was at $658,300 in 2012, and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who made just over $500,000, according to USA Today.

According to, Ohio State paid the most in assistant salaries among Big Ten schools in 2012 at $3.22 million, with Nebraska sixth at $2.13 million. The Huskers' figure will climb just over $2.64 million with the increases for Beck and eight others.

John Papuchis is the second-highest paid assistant behind Beck on the Nebraska staff, set to make $310,000 in 2013 after going from $200,000 to $300,000 in 2012 upon being promoted to defensive coordinator.

Joining Beck with significant raises on the NU staff is John Garrison, who will go from $160,000 to $245,000 in his third season as a full-time assistant. Veteran assistants Ron Brown and Barney Cotton remain the highest-paid non-coordinators at $254,800.

Pelini is set for a $100,000 increase in his salary effective March 1 that will put him at $2.975 million.

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.



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