In reporting that then-Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was leaving the Tide for the same position at Michigan , CBSSports.com'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 MLive.com 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 MLive.com, 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.