Nebraska released full contract information for its nine assistant football coaches Thursday afternoon, and the numbers mostly confirm what was clear when simple dollar figures were released earlier in the month.
Primarily, that Scott Frost’s first staff in Lincoln will be among the best-paid in the Big Ten and in the country.
The total salary pool for nine assistants and head strength coach Zach Duval is $4,650,000.
That leaves a maximum of $325,000 in the $5 million pool authorized by athletic director Bill Moos. Barrett Ruud is expected to be named the inside linebackers coach on Jan. 8 when a 10th assistant spot officially opens under a new NCAA rule.
While the remaining number in the pool may seem like a good bet as Ruud’s salary — and it may well be — keep in mind that Frost’s signed memorandum of understanding says that he can use any leftover money in the pool to pay other football staffers as he sees fit as long as Moos gives his approval.
Also interesting: Nebraska administrators made mention of the coaches technically being part-time employees while they help prepare No. 12 Central Florida for Jan. 1’s Peach Bowl. That arrangement became more clear with the contracts’ release. NU assistants are considered 49 percent of full-time at NU until “midnight following any (postseason) play in which the University of Central Florida football team may appear following the 2017 season.” So, as of 12:01 a.m. Jan. 2, all of the assistants will be full-time employees at NU.
The full details of Frost’s contract have not yet been released.
The salary pool for the nine assistants ranks in the top echelon of the Big Ten and the country, and Duval’s 2018 salary would have tied him for 11th in the nation among strength coaches.
As previously reported, all assistants have contracts that run through Dec. 31, 2019.
The bonus structure for assistants is also the same as outlined in Frost’s MOU. Assistants can earn up to 40 percent of their annual salary in a season in which the Huskers win both a conference and national championship. Each has a sliding scale. Assistants can earn the highest of 1) 5 percent for a division title or 2) 15 percent for a conference title, then the highest of 1) one month’s salary for a non-New Year’s Six Bowl, 2) two month’s for a New Year’s Six Bowl, 3) 20 percent for a College Football Playoff semifinal, 4) 22.5 percent for a title game appearance or 5) 25 percent for a national crown.
The Journal Star also requested salary information for key football department employees including associate athletic director for football Matt Davison ($175,000), chief of operations Gerrod Lambrecht ($375,000), director of recruiting Sean Dillon ($150,000), associate director of recruiting Ryan Callaghan ($100,000) and director of player personnel Mike Cassano ($110,000).
The assistants’ salaries are as follows:
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander: $800,000
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters: $700,000
Offensive line coach Greg Austin: $475,000
Outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt: $475,000
Defensive line coach Mike Dawson: $475,000
Tight ends coach Sean Beckton: $400,000
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco: $375,000
Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher: $300,000
Running backs coach Ryan Held: $300,000
Strength coach Zach Duval: $375,000