College football's assistant coaches' salaries rising

USA Today released its cumulative list of salaries for head coaches and assistant coaches on the FBS level of college football. And not surprisingly, the salaries for assistant coaches continue to rise.

Will MuschampBefore his new Florida gig, Will Muschamp was making some serious dough at Texas.

According to the newspaper, the number of assistants making $250,000 or more is up from at least 106 in 2009 to 132 this season. Fifty-one of those assistants are in the SEC, while only three of the 132 are on the staffs of non-AQ teams.

How about the power of the SEC? Six of the league's 12 defensive coordinators made $500,000 or more this season. At least 31 FBS head coaches didn't make $500,000 in 2010.

Here's a look at this season's highest-paid assistants.

For a complete list, click here.

Note: USA Today was able to get numbers from 110 of 120 FBS schools.

Will Muschamp, Texas defensive coordinator -- $907,000
Kirby Smart, Alabama defensive coordinator -- $762,350
Todd Grantham, Georgia defensive coordinator -- $760,600
Ellis Johnson, South Carolina defensive coordinator -- $706,650
John Chavis, LSU defensive coordinator -- $700,000
Kevin Steele, Clemson defensive coordinator -- $681,000
Nick Holt, Washington defensive coordinator -- $650,004
Norm Chow, UCLA offensive coordinator -- $640,000
Justin Wilcox, Tennessee defensive coordinator -- $600,000
Gus Malzahn, Auburn offensive coordinator -- $500,000
Tyrone Nix, Ole Miss defensive coordinator -- $500,000

Also of note: Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who turned down Vanderbilt's head job last week, received a raise at Auburn that will pay him in the $1.3 million range annually. And, Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who is already making $600,000 with the Vols, could see his salary jump to $1 million or more if he lands the Longhorns' defensive coordinator's gig.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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