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Florida State gives football assistants contracts with more security

Newly hired Florida State football assistants Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, Greg Hudson, Dameyune Craig and Darin Eliot received multiyear deals to join Jimbo Fisher's staff, a security given to three returning coaches as well.

FSU historically has offered one-year contracts.

"We were trying to encourage bright, young coaches to come here," athletic director Randy Spetman said, "and they needed that security."

Another sign of the changing times in Tallahassee is that most of the staff will be compensated for speaking engagements. Last year, only four assistants had that job.

According to the contracts obtained by the St. Petersburg Times:

• Stoops, the defensive coordinator, has a three-year deal that will pay $205,000 in base and $195,000 for speaking engagements. He was reportedly earning about $284,000 and had a one-year deal at Arizona.

• Gran, the running backs/special teams coach from Tennessee, has a three-year deal and will earn $305,000 annually ($205,000 in base and $100,000 for speaking engagements). He reportedly earned $190,000 in Knoxville.

• Hudson, the linebackers coach, has a two-year deal that will pay $305,000 ($205,000 in base, $100,000 for speaking engagements). He reportedly had a one-year, $168,500 deal at East Carolina.

• Craig, the quarterbacks coach, and Eliot, the defensive ends coach, have two-year deals for $175,000.

• James Coley, the former recruiting coordinator and now offensive coordinator, has a new three-year deal with a base pay of $205,000 and another $100,000 for speaking; defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins has a two-year deal at $250,000, including $45,000 for speaking; and receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey has a two-year deal for $220,000, including $15,000 for speaking.

FSU will go to another multiyear deal for offensive line coach Rick Trickett when his four-year deal expires after this coming season if all sides want it, which seems likely.

The assistants' total compensation will be about $2.5 million, up about $69,000, but the total for the football coaching staff, including Fisher's $1.8 million deal, figures to be about $500,000 less than a year ago. Bobby Bowden earned about $2.4 million.

"Just because we had a coaching change doesn't mean we had a wealth of money come forward," Spetman said. "We hope next year as we have great success with the program, we can see some of our revenues increase."

USF player arrested

USF defensive tackle Keith McCaskill was arrested Sunday morning on a charge of driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license and released on a $250 bond.

McCaskill, 22, a third-year sophomore from Tallahassee Godby, appeared in all 13 games last season, starting five. He had 23 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and three passes broken up.

New coach Skip Holtz declined comment.

Florida State gives football assistants contracts with more security 01/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 9:17pm]

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