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Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:11 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With hires like new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi (pictured), Steve Sarkisian has put together an overhauled Washington staff that -- on paper -- ranks as one of the best in the Pac-12, and maybe the country. But not surprisingly, that overhaul has come at a cost.

The Seattle Times reported this weekend that thanks to the substantial raise for coaches like Lupoi over their predecessors, the Huskies are now spending more than any other public school in the Pac-12 on their assistants' salaries. The total bill comes in at $2.73 million, more than any other league school save -- probably -- USC, which is private and not required to release salary information.

Wilcox will make $750,000 this coming season, with escalators in his contract that could pay him as much as $850,000 in 2014. (The salary is an increase on what even his previous SEC-based employer, Tennessee, was paying him.) New offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau will earn $375,000 and Lupoi $350,000--a staggering figure for a position coach outside of the cash-flush Big 12 or SEC, but one likely necessary to pry the coach considered by many the best recruiter on the West Coast away from Cal.

So where is all this cash coming from? In a release, Husky AD Scott Woodward doesn't shy away from the source (emphasis added):

"As we've done since (Sarkisian's) arrival, we are seeking and signing the nation's best coaches, and we are willing and able to do it at market value. Our student-athletes deserve the best leaders and the best facilities to create the best environment to win championships. The expenditure on salaries for football's assistant coaches is a prudent investment of that additional money from the Pac-12 new multimedia contract, into the program that gives the biggest return to all Husky athletes."

By snatching away Tupoi and offering weapons-grade money to Wilcox, the Huskies may have just fired the first shot in what could prove to be the same kind of Pac-12 salary battles the SEC -- see the there-and-back-again journey of Alabama assistant Lance Thompson -- has been waging for years. The only real question is which of their conference rivals is going to issue the next one. 

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Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:07 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

I say the wivves would be doing the right thing in agreeing if it lowers you and your brothers handicap by five or more strokes each.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

everyone will be happy if they are satisfied with fighing for fourth place every year. usc is loeaded this year. kiffin and his dad are a couple of good coaches. now that kelly is staying at oregon, kelly will just go down to texas and load up with super fast guys to put into his system. i think richrod willflourish in the pack 12. the big 10 was not goo for his style.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:41 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

Hey goodoleUWdays, I was going to post on coaches salaries who work at public schools, but I went on a rant and didn't even get to my point. I beleive the state of Washington has taken what was left of my sanity.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:56 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

Another measure of Joe Paterno was his salary--he wasn't about the money.  Here is an assistant coach making close to what Joe Paterno was making in his last year. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:53 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

If you had a $3 billion tv contract, you're wives would probably all say "go for it"  It's pretty easy math.  No huge tv contract, no fancy golf clubs.  (And Bill, the football program pays for itself, silly. And then some.  It helps pay for the budget, not eats it up.  Man, what a tangled irrelevant rant THAT was..  Entertaining though.)

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:02 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

The new Pac 10 television agreement with ESPN and Fox has changed everything about how football programs in this conference can chase talented coaches. Before this deal was signed, Washington State would have had to struggle to offer Leach $1 million a year and certainly couldn't even dream of signing Leach to his current multi-year contract that pays him $2.5 million a year. Also, you can bet that Leach had the unanimous approval of school administrators to offer big money to some top notch assistant coaches in order to convince them to come to Pullman.  

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:52 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

Lets see we have one of the most cash poor states in the country that is run by the voting power of Seattle. If Washington had a Republican running for Govenor who could pay off the state debt himself, the state would say no because he is not a democrat. Is it any suprise these raises were approved while workers are being laid off across the state. People in this country are so stupid on what Washington is like, everyone thinks it is a coffee drinking, grunge band fun place. In fact it probably has more meth heads per capita then any other state. The suicide rate is not high because of the weather, it is skyrocketing because the military bases here provide a lot of soldiers in the Middle East, and folks it's not Vietnam, you don't go home after a year. You go home for a month and go back for another year, some people have been there six times. They come back get out of the service and were never treated for all the mental trama they went through. Lets not forget Evergreen college in Olympia, these Berkley wanna be trust fund babies dress as homeless people and protest everything. For fun they like to damage private property and engage in all kinds of illegal drugs. The violent crimes in this state is making L.A. look good. So it just figures that with all the bad things happening in this state that the important thing to do was give some coaches a raise. Oh one more fun fact, the power was off along the HWY 5 cities for up to five days but the private community where the Microsoft people live (who use public utilities) got their power back on in seven minutes. It just so happened six utility trucks were parked close by, it seems everytime there is a power outage in Washington those trucks are in that neighborhood hanging out.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:12 pm

Washington shells out $2.73M for assistant staff

Maybe I'll use that same logic on my wife.  Honey I deserve the best golf clubs to create the best enviroment to give myself the biggest chance to lower my handicap.  I'm sure my brothers wives will let my brothers do the same thing.

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