New ‘Horns coordinators living high on the financial hog


When two of Texas’ new coordinators were hired away from their old jobs, it was assumed that the move entailed a healthy bump in pay.

Those assumptions have now been confirmed in a very big way.

In contract details obtained by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News through a public records request, the salaries of Mack Brown‘s UT staff, including new co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, were revealed and, needless to say, they’re real and they’re spectacular.

All told, Brown’s assistants will pull in $3.6 million in salary in 2011.  At the top of the financial food chain are Harsin and Diaz, who will each make $650,000.  Last year, Diaz’s predecessor Will Muschamp made $900,000, although he also carried the title of head coach in waiting; Greg Davis, who Harsin succeeded, made in the neighborhood of $480,000 in what turned out to be his final season in Austin.

In 2010, both Harsin and Diaz made roughly $260,000 at Boise State and Mississippi State, respectively.  Their new salaries would’ve made the duo the ninth-highest paid assistants in the country last year based on figures available to USA Today.

Major Applewhite was named co-coordinator along with Harsin earlier this month but will make “just” $500,000 in 2011.  The disparity in pay is likely due to the fact that Harsin will hold play-calling responsibilities.  The new figure still represents a substantial raise for Applewhite, who will still coach running backs, as he made $270,000 last year.

Texas’ new position coaches won’t exactly be hurting financially, either, as they will make more than the vast majority of Div. 1-A programs are able to pay their coordinators.

Among the Longhorns’ other new assistants, defensive backs coach Jerry Gray and offensive line coach Stacy Searels will make $425,000 each, defensive tackles coach Bo Davis will make $325,000 and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt will make $315,000.

When you add Brown’s salary into the coaching pool, Texas will be paying their staff nearly $9 million a year this season.  That’s, ummm, substantial.

Then again, when you factor in their new deal with ESPN with every other revenue stream the school has at its disposal, that total’s merely a drop in an Olympic-sized pool flush with cash.

Rutgers hires law firm specializing in NCAA violations; NCAA not digging around just yet

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The first month of the football season at Rutgers has had its share of off-field stories worth keeping an eye on, so the news on Tuesday that the university has hired Bond, Schoeneck & King, a law firm with a history of working on NCAA violation cases, is certainly a bit of an eye-opener. The NCAA is not, at this time, investigating Rutgers. Instead, this is a move to investigate a pair of concerns related to the football program so that they may be properly reported to the NCAA if and when needed.

“Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” Rutgers senior vice president for external affairs Peter McDonough said in a report published by “This is an ongoing and rigorous process that helps us to identify any shortcomings, to self-report them as required by NCAA rules and to remedy them as best practices demand.”

According to the report from, Rutgers is focusing on one allegation of an arrested player failing multiple drug tests while on the team and accusations related to the program’s ambassador program. The name of the former player was not identified in the report. The ambassador program has come into scrutiny following the evolving case related to wide receiver Leonte Carroo.

The hired firm tends to serve as a liaison with the NCAA, but Rutgers will be given a final copy of the firm’s investigation for review. If Rutgers determines any NCAA violations were commited as determined by the report, that information will be passed on to the NCAA. The information revealed or uncovered in the firm’s investigation will determine if the NCAA will have to do some of its own digging, or merely adopt the firm’s report at face value and decide on any appropriate punishment from there.

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.