Gophers football assistant salaries rank among Big Ten’s lowest

Andrew Krammer

Assistant coach salaries have not been immune to the rise in coaching compensation across college football.

However, Minnesota's football program pays its assistants some of the lowest salaries in the Big Ten, according to a list compiled by the Lansing State Journal. For the 10 schools reporting, Ohio State had the deepest pockets, giving out $3.22 million in assistant pay.

Minnesota ranked ninth.

A list of Big Ten assistant salaries:
Ohio State – $3.22 million
Michigan – $2.75 million
Illinois – $2.31 million
Michigan State – $2.18 million
Iowa – $2.16 million
Nebraska – $2.13 million
Wisconsin – $1.97 million
Indiana – $1.96 million
Minnesota – $1.75 million
Purdue – $1.61 million

Northwestern, a private institution, and Penn State, protected by privacy laws, did not report salaries.'s Adam Rittenberg wrote: "Penn State obviously doesn't rank at the bottom in paying assistants, and I've been told Northwestern doesn't, either."

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison are the Big Ten's highest paid assistants with salaries of $750,000 each. Next is Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, who earns $550,000, followed by Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who earns $500,000.

A list of Minnesota assistant salaries:
Tracy Claeys, defensive coordinator – $320,000
Matt Limegrover, offensive coordinator – $305,000
Bill Miller, assistant head coach/linebackers – $200,000
Jeff Phelps, defensive line – $180,000
Jim Zebrowski, quarterbacks – $180,000
Rob Reeves, tight ends/H-backs – $145,000
Jay Sawvel, defensive backs/special teams – $145,000
Patrick Poore, receivers – $135,000
Brian Anderson, running backs – $135,000