When it comes to assistant football coaches, Texas is paying with the best of them.
According to data acquired by USA TODAY Sports, both of the Longhorns’ coordinators are the highest-paid coaches at their respective positions in the Big 12. Baylor and TCU are exempt from releasing salary data on assistant coaches because they are private schools.
Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will make $1.1 million in 2017, while offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s listed salary is $800,000. Head coach Tom Herman has the eighth-highest salary in college football according to USA Today.
The Longhorns finished the regular season 6-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12, tied for fourth place in the final standings. The Longhorns are second in the conference in total defense (363.6 yards per game/42nd in FBS) and sixth in total offense (408.3/57th) heading into the bowl game.
Other listed salaries for Texas assistant coaches include special teams coordinator Craig Naivar ($500,000), associate head coach/running backs coach Stan Drayton ($465,000), offensive line coach Derek Warehime ($400,000), defensive line coach Oscar Giles ($400,000), wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer ($350,000), tight ends coach Corby Meekins ($300,000) and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington ($285,000).
Maximum bonuses are also included in the database.
The highest-paid assistant coach in the country is LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda ($1.8 million), followed by Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables ($1.7 million). Brian Daboll ($1.2 million) at Alabama is the highest-paid offensive coordinator in 2017.
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