Raises as expected for returning assistants
USF's new fiscal year starts Wednesday, so the athletic department released the new salary information for the Bulls' assistant coaches in football and men's basketball for the next year, with no big surprises.
Jim Leavitt's contract calls for his pool for nine assistants and staff to go up from $1.25 million to $1.35 million for 2009, which would amount to just an 8 percent raise across the board. But with three coaches leaving the staff, Leavitt was able to reward loyalty and give larger raises to his six returning assistants, who averaged a 26 percent bump -- after a season in which the Bulls went 2-5 in the Big East.
I should point out, too, that the money for football assistants comes directly from athletic department revenue and not from USF's education and general (E&G) funds from the state of Florida.
We had previously reported the salaries for both coordinators: Mike Canales, promoted from receivers coach to run the offense, went from $150,000 to $200,000 -- still $31,000 less than his salary in his last year at Arizona in 2006. Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey will make $190,000, up from the $170,000 he made at Cincinnati last season. We also knew that linebackers coach David Blackwell would make $160,000 (up from $142,000 at Clemson last year) and receivers coach Phil McGeoghan would make $80,000, almost double the $45,000 he made at the Naval Academy Prep School.
The news, then, is with the other five assistants. Defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, taking on a larger role after being ends coach (at least in name) in his first season back on staff, goes from $70,000 to $120,000, and co-offensive line coaches Mike Simmonds and Larry Scott, both entering their third year as full-time assistants, will also make $120,000. Simmonds is up from $100,000 and Scott from $90,000, but it's more impressive to remember they were both graduate assistants in 2006, and making $65,000 and $50,000 as rookie assistants in 2007.
Special teams coach John Hendrick, who stepped back from a positional responsibility on defense after suffering a heart attack last summer, had the smallest raise, going from $120,000 to $130,000, and running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Franks, now the dean of Leavitt's assistants as he enters his sixth season with the Bulls, went from $150,000 to $170,000.
From a larger perspective, remember that in 2005, in USF's first year in the Big East, the highest-paid football assistant, Rick Kravitz, made $104,000. Now eight of the nine assistants make at least $120,000, and the exception is entering his first year as a Division I-A coach. The overall assistants' pool is up 96 percent from where it was four years ago.