The nationwide trend of rising assistant coaching salaries might be a little slower in arriving in the Big Ten than it did in the SEC, Pac-12 or ACC. But now that it is arriving, it's no surprise that it's starting on either side of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
Buckeye athletic director Gene Smith confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch Sunday that three of Urban Meyer's assistants have received raises that place their annual salaries above the $500,000 mark -- and that the similar salary for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, at $750,000, motivated that decision more than the increase in the national coaching market.
"It wasn't because, ‘We're competing with Alabama.' That wasn't the idea," Smith said. "I had to bite the bullet [after Mattison]. We didn't have anybody near that level, and the Pac-12 started doing the same thing. The reality is, as that changed, we had to change with it."
That change has meant that defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers and offensive coordinator Tom Herman will all make more than a half-million dollars in 2013. Withers and Herman each received a raise of $130,000 over their 2012 salaries, with the pair now earning $580,000 and $550,000, respectively.
Fickell actually saw his salary decrease from 2012 -- when he was pa Read More