With all the bemoaning of the rapid increase in college football assistant coaches’ salaries…
“Six years ago, I was making $55,000 at Notre Dame as a receivers coach,” Meyer said. “It’s driven by the market and we want to be one of the top 10 teams in the country and you need to have great assistant coaches. I am shocked (at what assistants now make) but that’s just part of the business.”
… perhaps it’s worth taking a look at the impact that one special man may have had on them.
“I think that, contrary to what a lot of people might think, a lot of this gets established by the escalating salaries in the NFL,” said new Alabama coach Nick Saban, who spent last season as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach. “When I was a defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (1991-94) I made $200,000 a year. There are several coordinators now who make over $2 million a year in the NFL.”
Part of this revolution may be Saban’s fault.
Shortly after being hired by the Dolphins in 2005, Saban signed offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and offensive line coach Hudson Houck to three-year contracts worth about $2.5 million each. Most position coaches from the Dave Wannstedt era were to earn $225,000 in 2005.
And he wasn’t done. He pulled Charlie Baggeett from Minnesota by doubling his salary to $400,000.
To keep the best teachers, Saban feels, it’s only natural they should demand more money.
“At least our coordinators need to be competitive with what an assistant coach makes in that league,” he said. “Otherwise, I think we’ll lose all our coaches to that league . . . the market is created by the full body of all the leagues that compete for good people.”
“That league” sounds so impersonal, doesn’t it?
I’m not suggesting that Saban is solely responsible, of course. But it’s sure disingenuous on his part to suggest that he didn’t have a hand in it.