Arkansas Football Assistants Well Compensated

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 9:00 pm  

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas didn't just open up the checkbook for new head football coach Bobby Petrino.

The Razorbacks' eight assistant coaches will earn a combined $1.9 million per year, putting them among the highest paid staffs in the Southeastern Conference. It's an average of $237,500 per assistant, all of whom received at least a two-year deal with the school.

Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson each earned three-year deals. Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Mike Summers and strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp also received three-year deals, according to documents obtained Wednesday by through FOIA requests.

Johnson will be the highest-paid member of the staff with a deal that pays him $350,000 annually. Paul Petrino will earn $300,000, putting both among the highest paid coordinators in the SEC.

"I feel very good [athletic director] Jeff Long and Chancellor [John] White did an excellent job of making sure we were competitive," said Bobby Petrino, who was signed in December to five-year deal worth $2.85 million, plus incentives, annually.

Arkansas' previous staff was making a combined $1.75 million. Coordinators David Lee and Reggie Herring were earning identical to their counterparts on Petrino's staff, but other assistants were not compensated as well.

Tim Horton and Bobby Allen, holdovers from Nutt's staff, both received substantial pay increases.

Horton, who will oversee recruiting in addition to coaching running backs and tight ends, was making $165,000 under Nutt. He'll make $190,000 with Petrino. Allen, defensive tackles coach, is at $190,000 after making $145,000 on Nutt's staff.

The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer reported in its May 27, 2007 edition that the league average for assistant coaches was more than $1.5 million per year entering the 2007 season. Those figures came from surveys of 10 of 12 schools, excluding Alabama and Vanderbilt.
Alabama, according to the Ledger-Enquirer, was expected to allocate $2 million for assistants. LSU reported the highest budget for its assistants at $1.88 million, closely followed by Auburn with $1.87 million.

Competitive Salaries
Arkansas has allocated more than $2 million for Bobby Petrino's football assistant coaches and support staff. Below is a list of who is making what for the Razorbacks.

Coach, Position Term Annual Compensation
Ellis Johnson, Defensive Coordinator 3 $350,000
Paul Petrino, Offensive Coordinator 3 $300,000
Mike Summers, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive line 3 $225,000
Lorenzo Ward, Secondary 2 $190,000
Bobby Allen, Defensive line (tackles) 2 $190,000
Tim Horton, Running Backs/Tight Ends 2 $185,000
Garrick McGee, Quarterbacks 2 $185,000
Kirk Botkin, Defensive Line (ends)/Special Teams 2 $165,000
Reggie Johnson, Linebackers 2 $110,000
Dean Campbell, High School Relations - $92,000
Mark Robinson, Director of Operations - $90,000
Jason Veltkamp, Strength/Conditioning 3 $145,000



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