Plenty of folks are licking their chops at the upcoming Boca Raton Bowl matchup between C-USA champ Marshall and MAC champ Northern Illinois. There’s another group that might be smiling, too — the Marshall coaches’ wealth managers.
There were plenty of bonuses to go around with the Thundering Herd’s journey to the C-USA title, starting with head coach Doc Holliday, who made nearly $100,000 in bonuses from this season.
According to Holliday’s contract, he makes $10,000 for winning the East Division, $30,000 for winning the conference title and $30,000 for reaching a bowl game. The conference title and bowl game escalators both increased by $10,000 from his previous contract. In another addition from his extension, he gets $25,000 if Marshall sells more 10,500 season tickets. Put that together, and Holliday made an additional $95,000 this year.
The only escalator he didn’t hit was the $50,000 he would have made for reaching an access bowl.
Marshall’s assistants also came out ahead, each getting a month’s salary as a bonus for the season. Speaking of assistant coach salaries, USA Today released its new salary database for assistant football coaches. It’s pretty cool, as you can see. It’s sortable by category and has the info for nearly every team in the country (private schools like Stanford, Vanderbilt and Rice aren’t obligated under open records laws to provide that information). Here are some tidbits I found just by peeking around it for a few minutes:
– Of the C-USA schools that reported (Rice didn’t), Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater and offensive coordinator Bill Legg are the third- and f0urth-highest paid assistants in the league. Heater is third at $202,656, and Legg is fourth at $201,456. The top two highest-paid assistants in C-USA are Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Nick Holt at $303,000 and Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix at $287,600.
– By the way, Holt’s contract makes up almost a third of the $978,480 that WKU pays to its assistants.
– UTEP spent the most on its assistants in C-USA, totalling $1,167,375. Marshall is fifth at $1,056,938. Here are the schools that reported their salaries, in order:
UTEP — $1,167,375
North Texas — $1,148,300
Middle Tennessee — $1,131,886
Florida International — $1.065,400
Marshall — $1,056,938
Southern Miss — $1,025,000
UAB — $1,011,000
Louisiana Tech — $999,700
Western Kentucky — $978,480
Old Dominion — $919,640
Florida Atlantic — $820,600
UTSA — $786,175
– And here are the salaries of Marshall’s assistants, according to the database:
Chris Barclay, running backs — $80,000
Mike Furrey, receivers — $82,762
Sean Cronin, defensive line — $88,456
J.C. Price, defensive line — $88,956
Todd Hartley, tight ends/recruiting coordinator — $89,350
Adam Fuller, linebackers — $111,456
Alex Mirabal, offensive line — $111,846
Bill Legg, offensive coordinator — $201,456
Chuck Heater, defensive coordinator — $202,656
– The highest-paid assistant coach in the database is Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster at $1,369,500, followed by Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart at $1,355,850. Five assistants made more than $1 million — Foster, Smart, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron ($1,315,967), LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis($1,312,300) and former Clemson offensive coordinator (now SMU head coach) Chad Morris ($1,301,250).
– Eight coaches in the database made less than $50,000. Two, Texas Tech’s Matt Brock and Georgia State’s Brock Lough, made $35,000.