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Mattison, Kragthorpe to make $700,000 or more

Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:07 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This just in: the upwards spiral of major college football coaching salaries isn't going to de-spiral anytime soon.

Your latest evidence arrived this afternoon with the release of salary information for coordinators at both Michigan and LSU. In Ann Arbor, the university has committed some $750,000 to new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison (pictured), with more than $900,000 possible in the (unlikely) event the Wolverines bring home a Big Ten championship. Mattison's contract represents an increase of almost $500,000 over Greg Robinson's approximate $270,000 in the same position last year.

In Baton Rouge, the propsed contract for new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe will match the $700,000 a year currently being paid Bayou Bengal defensive coordinator John Chavis (despite Kragthorpe's substantially thinner resume). Given that Chavis already has his deal signed and delivered, approving the same salary for Kragthorpe appears to be a mere formailty.

With their new contracts, both Mattison and Kragthorpe vault into FBS's highest stratosphere for assistant pay; in 2010, only five assistant coaches nationwide earned as much as $700,000. (Along with Chavis and Texas coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, Georgia "DC" Todd Grantham, and South Carolina DC Ellis Johnson also hit that mark. It pays and pays well to be a defensive coordinator in the SEC.)

Though Kragthorpe's not about to touch Les Miles' compensation, it's possible that like Jon Embree and his offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy at Colorado , Mattison's salary won't be all that far off from his head coach's. Not only does being an FBS assistant pay better than ever, these days it pays almost as well as being your own head coach.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:36 pm

Mattison, Kragthorpe to make $700,000 or more

I agree with the writer that Kragthorpe really does not have the resume to warrant a $700k salary for three years guaranteed.  But, if he is all Miles thinks he is, then we should be OK.  If the offense is weak again and the defense is forced to carry us, then Chavis should be in line for another raise as his side of the ball has clearly carried LSU during his tenure there.  The potential is there for LSU to have a very memorable season as long as the offense does its part.  We will see how Kragthorpe handles the pressure as the OC at LSU as he did not do well as the HC at Louisville.  Everywhere else he has been he has done well, so the LSU nation should keep the faith and set much higher expectations than Crowton could these past three years.

Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:10 pm

Mattison, Kragthorpe to make $700,000 or more

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