LINCOLN — Nebraska may have had one of the 25 highest-paid assistant coaching staffs in college football last season, according to USA Today’s latest database.
Husker assistants, who collectively made $3,725,375 last season, ranked 22nd among staffs at public universities that turn over their data to USA Today. Private schools such as USC, Notre Dame and Stanford are exempt from the list, as is Penn State, whose state law does not require the school to report salaries to news organizations.
NU ranked just behind Iowa ($3.87 million) and Missouri ($3.778 million) on the list. Alabama, at $5,995,000, was No. 1. Among other College Football Playoff schools, Clemson ($5.725 million) was No. 3, Georgia ($4,565,200) was No. 12 and Oklahoma ($4.31 million) was No. 14.
The salary pool for 10 Husker assistants, plus a head strength coach, will be $5 million for Scott Frost’s new staff.
Among 2017 assistants, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco — who made $825,000 — was the highest-paid Husker assistant at No. 26 on the national list. He was No. 4 in the Big Ten behind Michigan’s defensive coordinator, Don Brown, and UM’s co-offensive coordinators, Tim Drevno and Pep Hamilton. Among Husker coaches, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf — $527,875 — was next at No. 88. No other Husker assistant ranked inside the top 100.
Nebraska ranked either fourth or fifth in the Big Ten, depending on Penn State’s assistant coach salary pool. Michigan was No. 1 in the league — and No. 4 nationally — at $5,645,000, followed by Ohio State ($4,485,000) and Iowa. Once again, Wisconsin — 12-1 entering its bowl game — got a good bang for its buck with a $3,359,600 salary pool, which ranked either seventh or eighth in the Big Ten, depending on Penn State’s salary pool. Northwestern is not believed to have a particularly large assistant salary pool. Indiana, just under $2.5 million, ranked last among reporting schools.
Most of NU’s new assistants worked previously at Central Florida, which had the second-highest assistant coach salary pool ($2,325,000) in the American Athletic Conference, according to the database, although SMU, Navy, Temple and Tulsa didn’t report. UCF began a funding drive to increase assistant coach salaries whether Frost had stayed or left the school. Among AAC assistants, new Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was the third-highest-paid assistant at $425,000 (No. 162 nationally).
Among ex-Husker assistants, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele led the way at $1.2 million, seventh nationally. Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck was next at $800,000 (No. 31), followed by Wisconsin’s Joe Rudolph ($654,800), Tennessee’s Charlton Warren ($455,000), North Carolina’s Terry Joseph and Kentucky’s Vince Marrow ($425,000) and LSU’s Corey Raymond ($410,000).
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