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Three-year deal to pay Michigan OC Nussmeier $857,000 per season

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Doug Nussmeier has received a $180,000 raise by leaving Alabama. (USATSI)
Doug Nussmeier has received a $180,000 raise by leaving Alabama. (USATSI)
In reporting that then-Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was leaving the Tide for the same position at Michigan ,'s Bruce Feldman wrote in January that the Wolverines had made "a robust financial commitment to Nussmeier" that would make him one of "the five highest-paid coordinators in college football."

Nussmeier's salary, released to the media by Michigan Tuesday after requests from and other outlets, may not quite reach that top-five benchmark. But "robust" has proven to be an accurate assessment after the Wolverines boosted Nussmeier's annual Alabama salary by nearly $200,000.

Per, Nussmeier has signed a three-year, $2.57 million contract that will pay him at least $830,000 in 2014, $860,000 in 2015 and $880,000 in 2016. Nussmeier is also eligible for several bonuses, including a $200,000 loyalty bonus if he coaches through the end of the deal.

Nussmeier made $681,500 in 2013 at Alabama.

The USA Today coaching salary database lists Nussmeier's 2014 salary as the sixth-highest for any FBS assistant, two spots behind new colleague Greg Mattison, set to earn more than $851,000 as Michigan's defensive coordinator.

Between Nussmeier and Mattison, Michigan is paying one of the nation's highest rates for its pair of coordinators -- just one more reason another 7-6 record in Brady Hoke's third season simply isn't going to cut it.

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