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Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis tops Florida Gators' pricey coaching staff

GAINESVILLE — New Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis' contract is for three years with a base salary starting at $765,000 annually, according to documents released Friday by the university.

Weis, the former Notre Dame coach and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator hired by new UF coach Will Muschamp, becomes the highest-paid assistant in program history. And Muschamp's staff will make more than $3.09 million for the 2011 season. Muschamp has a five-year deal worth $13.5 million, or $2.7 million annually.

Weis received a $100,000 signing bonus and will receive $10,000 annually from the school's Nike apparel contract. He is also entitled to a $100,000 increase on Feb. 1, 2012.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn agreed to a two-year deal with a base salary of $490,000, and an additional $10,000 from the Nike deal. He will receive a $20,000 raise Feb. 1, 2012.

Receivers coach Aubrey Hill, tight ends coach Derek Lewis and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson all received one-year contracts. Hill and Robinson will receive a base salary of $230,000, while Lewis will receive $190,000. Defensive line coach Bryant Young will receive $230,000 for two years, and offensive line and running game coordinator Frank Verducci gets $290,000 for two years. Linebackers and special teams coach D.J. Durkin and running backs coach Brian White, both of whom were retained from Urban Meyer's staff, will earn $240,000 in base salary with contracts that run through January 2012. All will receive $10,000 annually from the Nike apparel contract.

The salaries don't include potential income from annuities, sports camps and clinics, housing benefits, speaking engagements, TV and radio programs, endorsements, and car leases, which are not specifically noted in the contracts.

The salaries represent a difference of about $210,000 from Meyer's coaching staff.

Ohio State: Offensive lineman Chris Carter of Cleveland's Kennedy High, signed his letter of intent, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Carter's signing was delayed after he was arrested earlier this month and accused of fondling as many as eight female classmates while he was measuring them for ROTC uniforms. The prosecutor's office decided there was not enough evidence of sexual contact to charge Carter.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis tops Florida Gators' pricey coaching staff 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:20pm]
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