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Snyder nearly doubled salary in move to Texas A&M

Former USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, who left Skip Holtz's staff after two seasons to take the same job at Texas A&M, nearly doubled his salary in the move and will earn $500,000 with the Aggies in 2012, according to public records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

In response to a public records request, Texas A&M released to the Times a request from athletic director Bill Byrne to Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin to hire Snyder, which was approved on January 11. "This position is vital to ensuring the success of our football program," Byrne wrote in the request.

Snyder was USF's highest-paid assistant coach in 2011, making $260,000, and he'll actually earn less than his predecessor, Tim DeRuyter, who made $550,000 last year before leaving to become head coach at Fresno State. With Texas A&M moving into the SEC this season, Snyder won't be among the highest-paid SEC defensive coordinators -- four of them made $700,000 or more in 2011. The $500,000 salary actually matches what Snyder earned in 2009 in his final year as head coach at Marshall, according to this report.

USF named Snyder's successor with the Bulls last week as Holtz hired Kansas State defensive coordinator Chris Cosh to a two-year contract that will pay him $325,000.

Posted by Greg Auman at 9:26:16 am on January 24, 2012