Impressive raises for football assistants
USF coach Jim Leavitt's seven assistants who returned from last season all got raises of at least 25 percent, according to salary figures released by the school Sunday night.
Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham remains USF's highest-paid assistant, due to earn $220,000 this season, but the biggest raises went to the assistants who had been the lowest-paid on the staff. Tight ends coach Larry Scott, entering his second season as a full-time assistant, earned an 80 percent raise to $90,000, and second-year offensive line coach Mike Simmonds jumped 54 percent to $100,000.
Scott and first-year defensive ends coach Kevin Patrick are now the only full-time assistants on Leavitt's staff not making $100,000 or more. In addition to Burnham, three other assistants -- offensive coordinator Greg Gregory, recruiting coordinator Carl Franks and receivers coach Mike Canales -- are making $150,000 or more.
Leavitt has negotiated raises to the assistant salary pool into two contract extensions in the last three years. Former assistant Rich Rachel, who was moved to a non-coaching position as director of high school relations, took a $45,000 pay cut to $50,000.
All three of men's basketball Stan Heath's assistants also make six figures, but none got raises from last season. Top assistant Dan Hipsher, who will earn $135,000 this season, had looked to have a $10,000 raise from his reported salary last year, but USF said Monday his salary was the same last year.