USA Today survey: Wallerstedt 14th highest-paid assistant in Big 12

Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt is Texas Tech’s highest paid assistant football coach, but ranks no better than 74th in the nation and 14th in the Big 12 Conference in pay among his colleagues, according to a national survey.

USA Today on Wednesday published a pay scale for all assistants in the FBS that showed three making more than $1 million this year. The leader is Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, the former Lake Travis head coach, at more than $1.3 million.

Wallerstedt makes $425,000 from Tech and $2,000 in what USA Today termed “other pay.” The 13 Big 12 assistants making more comprise five from Texas, two apiece from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia and one each from Kansas and Baylor.

Though Wallerstedt’s pay ranks 74th nationally on the chart USA Today published, he likely is lower because the survey did not include salaries of many assistants at private schools who aren’t required to report such figures.

No other Tech assistant is among the top 275 highest-paid staffers. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury hired a staff with an average age of 35, many of whom have little experience as college coaches.

Among former Tech assistants, Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown ($550,000) ranked tied for 31st and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda ($480,000) is tied for 56th.

 

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