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Nebraska Football assistant coaching salaries unveiled



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The salaries of Nebraska football assistant coaches have been released and we delve into the numbers.

For the first time ever the University of Nebraska will break the million-dollar pay barrier for an assistant coach. And not one but both coordinators will make 7 figures.

The University released the salary information for 7 of the 10 Nebraska football assistant coaches, along with the strength and condition coach. It was initially reported that AD Trev Alberts granted Rhule an assistant coach pool of $7 million.  I believe the pool includes the S&C salary.

In 2022 Zach Duval’s salary was not included in the $5.1 million assistant pool. The current pool is a 27% increase of the previous staff pool of $5.525 million, which included Duval’s $425K.  In Matt Rhule’s contract, it stipulates his coordinators can receive 3-year contracts and all other assistants are on two-year deals.

If Corey Campbell’s salary is included in the $7 million that puts Nebraska at $5,080,000, or $1.92 million under the cap with the 3 undisclosed salaries remaining.  When the University plans to release the salaries of the latest Nebraska football hires is unknown.

Here’s a rundown of the public salary per assistant coach.

Nebraska assistant coach salaries

OC  Marcus Satterfield $1.4 million.  Made $900K last season at South Carolina.  Mark Whipple made $875K.

DC  Tony White $1 million.  Made $711K last season at Syracuse. Eric Chinander made $850K

STC  Ed Foley $550K.  Last year Bill Busch made $400K.

S&C  Corey Campbell $450K.  Previous Husker S&C coach Zack Duval made $425K

OL  Donovan Raiola $325K.  As the only coach retained from the previous staff, he will make the same as last year.

RB  EJ Barthel $285K.  Bryan Applewhite made $325K.

DB  Evan Cooper $670K.  Last year Travis Fisher earned $450K.

DL  Terrance Knighton $400K.  Last year Mike Dawson made $550K.

WR  Garrett McGuire Not yet disclosed  Last year Mickey Joseph made $600K

TE  Bob Wager Not yet disclosed,  Sean Beckton made $450K last year.

LB  Rob Dvoracek Not yet disclosed.  Last year Barrett Ruud earned $325K.

Scott Frost 2022 coaching staff averaged $502K per coach which is approximately $2 million short of what Ohio State pays their assistants. OSU’s $7.5 million assistants’ pool ranks 6th nationally, and tops in the Big Ten Conference according to the Cleveland Plains-Dealer.

An interesting trend has arisen in that DCs make more money on average than OCs, on a conference-wide average. Of the P5 conferences, only the Pac 12 OCs earn more than DCs.  The highest-paid assistant in 2022 was then Texas A&M DC Mike Elko who pulled down $2.1 million, according to USA Today data.

Following the SEC, the Big Ten ranked second in average pay, the ACC ranked third followed by the Big 12, and then Pac 12.  In total 34 FBS assistants made at least $1 million and 16 of those were in the SEC.

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More crystal ball projections for Nebraska Football ahead of big weekend



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Nebraska football has landed two more crystal ball projections ahead of a huge recruiting weekend for the Huskers.

There are going to be 26 recruits on campus this weekend visiting the Nebraska football program. Five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola is the headliner, along with a number of other top-100 recruits and the top-ranked player in the state of Nebraska Carter Nelson.

It’s one of the most impressive visit weekends for Nebraska football recruiting in a long time, maybe ever, but how many commitments are going to come this weekend if any?

I certainly wouldn’t expect a pledge from Raiola. As much as Nebraska football fans might want that, the top-ranked QB in the 2024 class just scheduled an official visit in June with Georgia, the defending national champs. This is on the heels of another visit to UGA, so the Huskers need to recapture some momentum.

The key objective with many recruits will be getting them back for an official visit. Gatlin Bair is a name that comes to mind since the kid is ranked 40th overall in the 2024 class via 247 sports. He’s visiting this weekend and if the Huskers got him back for an official visit in June, they’d have to feel good about their chances.

However, Nebraska football could land a couple of commitments this weekend. One candidate is three-star tight end Ian Flynt. He visited back in January, has family ties to Nebraska football, and just received another crystal ball projection for the Huskers. That’s four total for the No. 456 overall recruit in the 2024 class (247 composite).

A commitment might not happen this weekend, but I’d look for a commitment date coming soon out of this weekend. Flynt is out of Texas and so is three-star offensive lineman Gibson Pyle, who also received a crystal ball projection on Friday (Flynt did too).

Pyle is 735th overall and he teased an announcement a couple of weeks ago but it didn’t come. He’s got six crystal ball predictions for the Huskers and that’s another potential commitment to watch out for this weekend.

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Nebraska Football welcoming Nebraska high school coaches



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Nebraska football was busy on Thursday, as the first week of spring ball begins to wrap up. There was a ton of anticipation throughout the week, as players and fans got a first look at what this team could be like. Thursday, Several Nebraska high school coaches got their chance too, with many in attendance.

Omaha North’s Larry Martin, York coach Glenn Snodgrass, and Papillion -La Vista South coaching legend Walt Olsen were there Thursday. In addition to the coaches, Lincoln Football Coaches Association president Mark Waller was also in attendance, per a report from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.

It’s easy to gloss over why this is important information. Nevertheless, the attendance of those particular people fits with the vision that Matt Rhule is trying to bring to the program.

This Nebraska football coaching staff wants to make the state of Nebraska a focal point in recruiting. Honestly, they should. There is a ton of talent in the state, and that should be able to continue with future classes.

Nebraska high school coaching staffs indicated they felt ignored by previous coaching staffs. The Scott Frost staff was just beginning to make inroads into the Nebraska high school circuit in 2022. Coaches such as Mickey Joseph were beginning to really build a fence around the state. Now, this current coaching staff looks to finish the job.

What better way to do so than to have Nebraska high school coaches at a practice? It’s clear that Rhule and this coaching staff wants to make the state a priority. Having high school coaches at practices helps establish the pipeline early.

It’s good to see this group of Nebraska coaches building connections with those in the state. It’s something that should be able to serve them well. Establishing good rapport early is nothing but a positive. It’s encouraging to see the state itself being addressed, and a focal point at that.

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Nebraska Football: Tommi Hill returns to practice Thursday



There was a lot of information to take in during Thursday’s Nebraska Football practice, including the appearance of a player who was not practicing at the beginning of the week. Defensive back Tommi Hill returned on Thursday, adding more depth to the field, per a report from the Omaha World-Herald.

Hill played on both sides of the football for Nebraska last season. He started at defensive back, before moving over to wide receiver. It was a rough year for Hill, as it was for most of the defense. All told, he tallied 17 pass breakups and four deflections. He did not record any statistics as a wide receiver, though his speed made it an intriguing position move.

Whatever happened during the beginning of the week appears to be settled, as Hill was back at practice. He could very well be a major part of the defensive backfield, especially with Malcolm Hartzog potentially moving to safety. It would be more of a natural fit for Hill at the corner spot, as he has played the majority of his career in the defensive backfield.

At the very least, this gives another body for the huskers coaching staff to work with. Hill is one of the many players who are looking to bounce back after a difficult year last year. It will be interesting to what kind of role he will play, as Nebraska football has several options for personnel in Tony White’s defense.

Hill’s athleticism could land him a potentially big role in White’s 3-3-5 defense.  As for now, Hill is just working to get back into the fold, as the defense begins to take shape.

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