Dawson, Bedenbaugh and Gillespie signed contracts on Dec. 7 in which the terms each began July 1, 2012. Dawson's and Bedenbaugh's included $250,000 salaries and Gillespie's was $300,000. Dawson and Bedenbaugh were then bumped to $300,000 a month later.
Slaughter's Dec. 7 contract says his term began Feb. 27, 2012, which was the date he was formally hired. Patterson's predates to Feb. 22, the date he was hired. Slaughter's is for $200,000 and Patterson's for $350,000.
There is no mention in Patterson's Dec. 7 contract update of any change in job title and his pay remains the same as when he was hired. At about that time, however, Holgorsen gave him control of the team's defense in place of Joe DeForest. The two held - and apparently still hold, at least contractually - titles as defensive co-coordinators.
Oddly, though, university records turned over to the Gazette do not include a formal contract for DeForest. That doesn't mean he isn't employed, because the offer sheet he signed when he was hired Jan. 12, 2012 serves as a contract. In that offer sheet, DeForest was to make $500,000 as the defensive co-coordinator and presumably he still does, despite what amounts to a demotion.
The lengths of the assistant coaches' contracts also vary. Gillespie, Patterson, DeForest and the three newly hired assistants all are under contract for the next two seasons. The current contracts of Dawson, Bedenbaugh and Slaughter expire after the 2013 season.
Under the new contracts, DeForest remains the highest-paid assistant coach at $500,000 per year, followed by Patterson at $350,000, Dawson, Bedenbaugh, Gillespie and Galloway at $300,000 each, Gibson at $250,000, Mitchell at $225,000 and Slaughter at $200,000.
That's a total of $2.725 million for nine assistant coaches ($100,000 more than Holgorsen alone) and a total of $5.35 million for the entire coaching staff. Last season the total figure was $4.875 million.
Those figures do not include the incentive bonuses earned. In addition to the assistants receiving the $10,000 bowl bonus, Holgorsen appears to have reached at least three of his bonuses for 2012 - ticket sales of 38,000 ($50,000), a non-BCS bowl appearance ($25,000) and an NCAA academic progress rate score of at least 950 ($20,000). That's an additional $95,000.
Again, though, none of that is out of line with similar institutions, particularly after the school's move to the Big 12 Conference.
For instance, Holgorsen's salary last season, according to a USA Today survey of coaching pay across the country, was 31st out of 112 FBS coaches whose salaries are public record. That's well above the average, but it ranks only sixth in the 10-team Big 12 behind Mack Brown at Texas, Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, Gary Patterson at TCU, Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and Charlie Weis at Kansas. It was not significantly ahead of the seventh-place coach in terms of pay, former Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville. Holgorsen's raise this year won't significantly affect the rankings, either.
As for the assistant coaches, that pay, too, is among the tops in the country, ranking No. 22 overall according to the USA Today survey. But it is only fourth in the Big 12 (behind Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) and not significantly higher than the seventh-place school in the league.
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