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Nebraska Releases Salaries, Bonus Packages for Some Assistant Football Coaches

January 13, 2023

The University of Nebraska released salaries for seven of Matt Rhule’s 10 assistant coaches on Friday, leaving out the final three additions the school announced earlier this week.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield makes the most with a $1.4 million annual salary. Defensive coordinator Tony White makes $1 million annually. Secondary coach Evan Cooper earns $670,000, special teams coordinator Ed Foley makes $550,000, strength and conditioning coach Corey Campbell makes $400,000, Donovan Raiola’s contract lists his salary at $325,000 and running backs coach EJ Barthel makes $285,000. That leaves tight ends coach Bob Wager, linebackers coach Rob Dvoracek and wide receivers coach Garret McGuire, all announced earlier this week, without their contracts finalized.

Head coach Matt Rhule’s contract, released back in November, allots for $7 million annually for the 10 full-time assistant positions. Collectively, those released salaries add up to $4,630,000. That leaves up to $2,370,000 to be divided among Dvoracek, McGuire and Wager.

Each of them is eligible for the same bonus compensation based upon the team’s performance. Coaches receive a 5% bonus if the Huskers win the division and 15% raise if they win the Big Ten. That bonus amplifies to 8.33% for a regular bowl game and 16.67% for a non-playoff bowl within the College Football Playoff structure (Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Rose, Peach or Fiesta that isn’t a playoff game). A College Football Playoff appearance nets a 20% bonus, a title game appearance earns a 22.5% bonus and each member of Nebraska’s coaching staff receives a 25% bonus if the Huskers win the National Championship.

That runs alongside bonuses for Rhule himself. He gets a $100,000 bonus if Nebraska ties for the Big Ten West title but doesn’t make the championship game. If Nebraska plays in the Big Ten Championship but loses, he makes $200,000 extra. A Big Ten Championship trophy nets Rhule a $300,000 bonus. A bowl game earns a $150,000 bonus, a deemed CFP bowl game earns $250,000, a CFP appearance gets him $300,000 and an appearance in the National Championship nets a $350,000 bonus. Should Nebraska win a national championship with Rhule, he’d earn a $650,000 bonus.

Rhule’s contract also stipulates terms of assistant coach contracts. Assistant coach contracts cannot exceed two years, except for coordinators who can sign three-year deals. Satterfield’s contract runs through December 31, 2025, contracts for Barthel and Foley run through December 31, 2024, and Raiola’s contract ends effective December 31, 2023. The contract for Raiola also lists his original employment date with Nebraska, December 10, 2021. Extensions of one or more years for any of them requires an agreement from Rhule, athletic director Trev Alberts and the university’s chancellor.

Satterfield’s coaching career spans 24 seasons, all but one of them in college football. He has 11 years experience as offensive coordinator and was previously the head coach for two seasons at Tennessee Tech. White has nearly 20 years of experience, the last three as defensive coordinator. Foley has over 30 years experience as a position or special teams coach, largely in college.

Cooper’s career spans 11 seasons, most of them in college with short stints at high school and the NFL. Knighton previously coached linemen at Wagner College and in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. This is his first Power 5 coaching position. Campbell, a former Georgia football player, is an 8-year veteran within collegiate strength and conditioning programs, half of them at Baylor. Barthel, the lowest salary listed, has 8 years experience on various coaching staffs. Raiola has coached 11 seasons at various levels, from high school to the NFL. Last season at Nebraska was his first as a Power 5 offensive line coach.

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