New USF football assistants draw top salaries

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New USF football coach Skip Holtz hasn't announced titles for his new assistants, but salary information released Monday shows the five assistants new to USF will likely be the Bulls' highest paid coaches.

The five new hires include three of Holtz's assistants from East Carolina -- Todd Fitch, Rick Smith and Vernon Hargreaves -- along with former Marshall head coach Mark Snyder, expected to be Holtz's defensive coordinator at USF, and former Miami (Ohio) offensive coordinator Peter Vaas.

All five signed offer sheets that show salaries of at least $185,000 -- only Jim Leavitt's two coordinators made that much last season. Fitch, expected to be Holtz's offensive coordinator, and Snyder will both earn $210,000, while Smith will make $200,000, and Hargreaves and Vaas $185,000 each.

The four USF assistants still on staff, including two who will be re-evaluated after recruiting wraps up next week, have not signed offer sheets, but they'll barely make more than what they earned in 2009. The four -- Larry Scott, Kevin Patrick, Carl Franks and Phil McGeoghan -- made $490,000, and Holtz would have $500,000 left for the four coaches, presuming he keeps the same $60,000 that Leavitt used for additional staff last season.

The three former ECU assistants will average a raise of 44 percent at USF -- Hargreaves made $114,959 last season, according to USA Today, with Fitch at $156,434 and Smith at $142,834. Vaas and Snyder will actually make less at USF -- Vaas earned $187,958 at Miami (Ohio), while Snyder earned $367,795 at Marshall. Vaas, impressively, was the highest-paid assistant coach in the Mid-American Conference by a full $62,000 according to USA Today, though one school (Temple) did not have salary figures listed.

Of the four USF assistants retained, three were the Bulls' lowest-paid assistants in 2009, the exception being Franks, who earned $170,000 as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Scott and Patrick earned $120,000 in base salary, while McGeoghan earned $80,000 in his first year on Leavitt's staff.

Holtz's new contract at USF included $1.55-million for his assistants in 2010, a $100,000 increase from what they would have made under Leavitt's contract.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:00pm]

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