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Florida Gators boost assistant football coach pay

GAINESVILLE — Florida's nine assistant coaches will earn a combined $2.74 million in salaries this year, according to documents released by the University Athletic Association on Tuesday.

Teryl Austin, the Gators' new defensive coordinator who was hired from the Arizona Cardinals, is the highest-paid assistant coach — earning a base salary of $440,000 annually. Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Addazio received a $175,000 raise in August 2009, and remains at $375,000 for the current contract period which runs through 2012.

Veteran coach Chuck Heater, who is the Gators' defensive assistant coordinator/safeties, received a $50,000 raise which now has him earning a base salary of $305,000. Longtime assistant Dan McCarney, a former head coach at Iowa State, received a $10,000 raise to $330,000.

Quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, running backs coach Stan Drayton, linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin, tight ends coach Brian White and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni will all receive $240,000. White's salary represents a $60,000 pay increase from last season, while Loeffler received a $50,000 raise.

In addition to their base salaries, each coach receives an additional $10,000 from Florida's Nike apparel and equipment contract, according to the documents which were obtained by the St. Petersburg Times through the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The staff, which includes four new assistant coaches, could earn closer to $3 million in bonuses based on the Gators' on-the-field performance, including a 30 percent bonus for winning the BCS title.

The Gators aren't alone in escalating salaries for assistant coaches. Tennessee will pay its nine assistants more than $5 million. Last season, seven of the SEC's 12 schools had a payroll of more than $2 million for its assistant coaches.

Florida Gators boost assistant football coach pay 05/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 5:17pm]
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