OSU football's $4 million men
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Friday, February 19, 2010
2/19/10 at 6:43 AM
For the first time in school history, Oklahoma State has committed a total of more than $4 million to football coaches' salaries.
According to figures released to the Tulsa World by the university, OSU will spend $4,460,000 on coaches' salaries this year.
Last year, the Cowboy coaches collected a combined total of $3,938,000.
As was pre-determined in the seven-year contract he signed last year, head coach Mike Gundy is paid $1.925 million this year. Within the Big 12, Gundy's compensation ranks sixth. He makes a few dollars less than new Kansas coach Turner Gill and a few dollars more than Kansas State's Bill Snyder.
Gundy made $1.8 million last year. In 2011, he is scheduled to make $2.1 million.
Each of the three OSU coordinators Joe DeForest on special teams, Bill Young on defense and recently hired Dana Holgorsen on offense
receives $360,000 this year. Only once before has an OSU coordinator been paid more than $360,000. In 2007, then-offensive coordinator Larry Fedora was paid $393,000.
Young, who in his first OSU season drove the Cowboys to a No. 31 national ranking in total defense (up from 93rd in 2008), gets a raise of $45,000. DeForest gets a $25,000 raise.
Holgorsen coached last season at the University of Houston. It is believed that he made slightly less than $200,000 at Houston.
Among the assistants, running backs coach Robert Gillespie got the most substantial pay increase. He now makes $180,000, or $55,000 more than in 2009.
Also receiving increases are linebackers coach Glenn Spencer (a raise of $25,000 to $250,000) and cornerbacks coach Jason Jones (a raise of $12,000 to $190,000).
The salaries of offensive line coach Joe Wickline ($325,000), outside receivers coach Gunter Brewer ($275,000) and inside receivers coach Doug Meacham ($235,000) are unchanged from a year ago. In 2009, Wickline got a $72,000 raise.
Wickline and Brewer had co-coordinator titles last year, but Holgorsen now is the only offensive coach who has a coordinator title.
OSU 2010 COACHES COMPENSATION
Job description: head coach.
2010 pay: $1.925 million. 2009 pay: $1.8 million.
Job description: defensive coordinator.
2010 pay: $360,000. 2009 pay: $315,000.
Job description: associate head coach, special-teams coordinator, safeties.
2010 pay: $360,000. 2009 pay: $335,000.
Job description: offensive coordinator, quarterbacks.
2010 pay: $360,000.
Job description: offensive line.
2010 pay: $325,000. 2009 pay: $325,000.
Job description: outside receivers.
2010 pay: $275,000. 2009 pay: $275,000.
Job description: linebackers.
2010: $250,000. 2009 pay: $225,000.
Job description: inside receivers.
2010: $235,000. 2009 pay: $235,000.
Job description: cornerbacks.
2010 pay: $190,000. 2009: $178,000.
Job description: running backs.
2010: $180,000. 2009 pay: $125,000.
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DeForest, Holgorsen, and Young.