Texas’ assistant football coaches will not be getting raises, at least until next fall, despite the Longhorns’ appearance in the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game.
School officials cited a recent edict by Gov. Rick Perry to cut five percent of its budget funded by state money as a factor in the decision. But assistant coaches will still receive performance-based bonuses earned during the Longhorns’ 13-1 season that ended with a 37-21 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game.
Under terms of the existing contracts, reaching the BCS title game triggered a nine percent bonus for assistants. Winning the Big 12 championship added another $3,000 to $5,000 per assistant, depending on the contract. Coach Mack Brown received a $2 million salary bump in December, boosting his annual compensation to $5 million and making him the nation’s highest-paid college football coach.
_ Jimmy Burch