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New ‘Horns coordinators living high on the financial hog

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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.

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7 Responses to “New ‘Horns coordinators living high on the financial hog”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jan 29, 2011 8:05 AM

    They can build a better stadium or expand the existing stadium or add luxury boxes for all the well-heeled Texans to cool their heels. Then can pay their coaches a huge salary (oh, that is already happening!) and they can lobby the NCAA to pay their players a legal stipend each month or week to enable the players to have some pocket money to go out on a date, to buy their parents more minutes on their cell to call them, or just get a burger or rather steak (I forgot for a moment we were in Texas). Texas can lead the way in providing something for the players that bring the entertainment and earn so much of this windfall that the Horns are receiving. Unless next time, maybe the $9 million coaches can accept free tuition, room and board and a degree for their pay and call it a fair trade?

  2. edgy says: Jan 29, 2011 9:53 AM

    Texas did not make the list because, technically, it was teams that made bowls but look at what some bowl teams spent this year. If Texas had made a bowl, their $25.1 million spent would have come in at 6th and knocked TCU out of the Top 10. That’s right, TCU was 10th last year with over $20 million spent on their program (Boise, on the other hand, only spent $6.84 million on their program). If you follow the link to the ESPN story, you’ll also find that the first 8 of the Top 10 PER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT schools were private.

  3. polegojim says: Jan 29, 2011 11:07 AM

    It’s a story of affordability and draw.

    Texas is the top financial performing school in the nation, and has been for years. They financially support their conference and opponents.

    My hat’s off to a massively strong fan base, an immensely strong brand (no punn intended), generous donors, and national TV draw that has stations salivating to have them on screen.

    Hookem Horn$

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 29, 2011 1:52 PM

    The board of directors reportedly had approved upwards of $1 million in salary each for the offensive and defensive coordinators. While I maintain that Texas could’ve hired better people than Diaz and Harsin, they certainly economized, spending less than two-thirds of that figure.

    If reports are accurate that Oscar Giles is only making $200k as the defensive ends coach, then he’s definitely the most underpaid coach on that staff. He’s been doing an incredible job with the ends, and he and Jerry Gray (at $425k) are definitely the bargains on the staff, while Applewhite, Searels, and possibly even Diaz seem to be overpaid.

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  6. tweener8292 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:06 PM

    How does everyone compete against this? They’d better hope that it shows up on the field.

  7. 13vohookem says: Feb 1, 2011 5:15 AM

    Mack Brown is truly a Southern “Aw Shucks” gent. Now that he’s circled his U.T. wagons, hiring new guns, perhaps ‘Hornball Nation will pick up where they dropped the ball in Spring 2010. That being said, were University of Texas Football 2011 not to produce #1 BCS Championship, Mack Brown, truly Southern “Aw Shucks Gent”, should refund to 40 Acres $416K per L vs W. In addition, his $5ML contract should be renogiated by the McCombs School of Business to reflect a “performance clause” to ensure ‘Hornball Nation fans and 40 Acre Alumni have the Best Coach on the DKR/Joe Jamail Field. And, were 2011 to produce another 4W-8L season, check the classifieds, “Aw Shucks.”

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