this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Football Coaches Contract Info Released (except for Hoke)
$350K for Borges is a hair lower than I'd have guessed for a guy with a pretty long resumé that includes a Broyles Award. Position coaches look to be doing very well.
Will be making more than Cam Newton while he was at Auburn
Coincidentally this was just tweeted:
"Contract for LSU OC Steve Kragthorpe will be presented for approval to the LSU Board of Supervisors in March; his proposed salary is $700K."
Interesting to compare SEC spending to Michigan.
Hopefully he proves to be worth it, but as of now I'd say its already began paying off in recruiting.
anyone know what Mattison made in the NFL? I like the loaded incentive part though, lots of motivation. I hope he shows Big Will how to finally utilize himself on D.
Yeah I bet the reason Rich Rod couldn't win the big games was because the coaching staff wasn't properly motivated. They tried to win based on love of michigan but obviously a real michigan man needs some financial in$entives to give a shit.
You gotta bring that "business" mastermind-ness to the game, and DB knows this. I bet he didn't overlook how motivated Cam Newton looked last year.
I mean really, who wants to win if you don't get anything $weet for it? You really think I would still root for Michigan if I wasn't getting checks in the mail from DB for my effort on a weekly basis?
I just hope the $150k bonus for Mattison is enough to win the Big Ten championship. I'd hate to come close and lose just because we weren't willing to pay the extra $50k or $75k more it would take to lock it up.
That seems to be on par with other top coordinators. He deserves it if he can deliver (which I think he will). It's nice to see our assistants finally making some real coin.
Outside of Mattison, the difference isn't that great between what the previous assistants were making and the new staff. Assuming Hoke gets $1.5M, the difference between the total staff salaries would probably be rather negligible.
For the record, the top 3 assistants on Rich's staff were:
C. Magee - $285k
G. Robinson - $273k
T. Gibson - 224.7k
The rest of the coaches were getting about ~$185k except for Braithwaite at $135k, but you can see these (and the rest of your favorite Athletic Department personnel) here: http://www.umsalary.info/deptsearch.php?Dept=Athletics&Year=0&Campus=
200% more for one coordinator, 25% more for the other and 10-15% more for the rest of them isn't negligible. It's seriously more money.
Section 1 is going to flip his shit.
Why? It's detnews, not freep.
Because Mattison is making so much more than G-Rob was. Section 1's been talking about it since Hoke was hired, how he was waiting to see how much money the DC was making, because he believed that RichRod should have been given a fair amount of money to bring in Casteel or someone else to run the defense. I'm sure he'll be here soon enough, assuming he doesn't slit his wrists when he sees the story.
1) Casteel doesn't deserve $900K, and turned RR down at least once before (if not twice)
2) Who says that RR wanted to fire GERG? Even if he did, a new DC (especially one making $900K) would want to hire his own staff, and who is to say that RR would be cool with new guy firing RR's friends? He hired GERG for a reason, and that reason was that GERG would keep RR's staff and wouldn't bitch about them like Shaffer did.
I'm not making any of these arguments. I do not want to speak any further for Section 1, we already hate each other with a passion. You'll have to ask him.
You definitely are exhibiting feelings but I don't believe hate is the word you are so desperately seeking to share.
Perhaps "passion" was a small Freudian slip on your part.
If he died, I would honestly be happy. I feel bad for his family for having to deal with him all of their lives. He's a miserable human being.
You already made the substantive argument for me, re: Casteel and Michigan assistant salaries.
As for personal meltdowns, I think you own the record. I'm doin' fine. John U. Bacon's book due out in the fall might be a lot of fun.
Have a nice day.
RR is going to flip his shit
I don't know. Some claim that Brandon gave him the month of December to find a top-notch DC, with salary apparently not a factor, and he was unable to convince one to come.
not while RR is preparing for Gator Bowl.
Do you know this for a fact, or are you assuming so because we were in a bowl? Coaches make assistant hires in December all the time, even when they're prepping for the game.
Dave Brandon never told RR to find a DC in December.
There are reasonably connected people saying the exact opposite: that Brandon not only laid that ultimatum down, but that RR pretty much knew by the time of the Bust that he wasn't going to be able to land anyone high-profile, leading to his emotional response.
The record will probably never be made clear.
So are you Dave Brandon or RR?
That's really the point. Not too many folks are going to worry about what I think.
There were, in all liklihood, at least three major efforts to lure Jeff Casteel to Ann Arbor. Everybody knows perfectly well that Greg Robinson wasn't the first, second or perhaps even third choice for the job.
And this isn't a knock on Brandon, either, who I am convinced clearly recognized the problem and knew it had to be fixed, with or without a million-dollar DC. It may be that the fault lies with Bill Martin, although I don't know enough to make that kind of an allegation yet. It will be interesting from my persepective, because all along I have been one of the most determined defenders of Martin, for what he did with the Stadium and with Athletic Department finances. But it really does appear that Michigan cheaped its way out of one of the best DC's in the nation and one of the most important hires it could have made, in Casteel. With devastating effects on the program under Rodriguez.
Also funny is the fact that only way after the fact, are a handful of bloggers figuring this story out. Way back when, when RR was hired, Drew Sharp said, wrongly, that Bill Martin's "legacy" would hinge on the success of Rodriguez. It doesn't, of course. We'll be looking at, and talking about, the Stadium renovation even when people can no longer remember what happened in 2008-10. And naturally, Sharp recently repeated himself (it is all that he does, mostly) in saying that David Brandon's "legacy" now depends on the Hoke hire. Yada yada yada.
Meanwhile, the real story (like so many interesting and important stories that the Freep guys were too lazy or too stupid to do) was the long-running negotiation with Jeff Casteel. As I say, I do hope John U. Bacon sheds some light on this. I have a feeling he will.
I realize you probably get this question a lot, but what is the title of the book by John U. Bacon, whom exactly is he, approximately when will be the book be released, and what tidbits are you looking forward to/hoping for besides the ones you outlined in your post?
Title is Third and Long: Three Years with Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines.
Publisher is Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Publication date is "this fall..."
John is a lecturer at Michigan. I once said he was in LS&A, then somebody corrected me and said he was in American Studies, which I thought was part of LS&A, but whatever. His course on the History of Sportswriting (and others, perhaps) is one of the most popular sold-out classes at Michigan. Several guys on this Board have taken it. Me, I am too old.
John has a blog, and a local radio show on Saturdays.
John got close to Bo Schembechler before Bo died, and asked Bo if he could look through Bo's collected papers. Which turned out to be an amazing treasure trove. John became Bo's informal archivist, and it turned into the book, "Bo's Lasting Lessons."
He's a great speaker. If your dinner group needs a U-M speaker, there is none better than John.
I am looking forward to the whole book. I am looking forward to being surprised, and not just having all of my prejudices and presumptions confirmed. I hope that Bacon demolishes the Free Press once and for all. I hope he puts up a thoughtful defense of Rich Rodriguez. I hope John finds some way to write something special about Michigan football. I am confident those things will happen, because I believe in the truth.
Read the posted question immediately preceding my answer...?
I'm interested in reading something written at a higher level than Tradition (which is a great book, but reads like a third-grader wrote it at times). I'll check out Bo's Lasting Lessons and 3rd and Long for sure.
My first thought, as well.
It does look like DB has paid the "market value" to which he kept referring. I like that Michigan is paying positional coaches well, also. I think continuity is going to be huge for this team and there are few programs that can and will pay their positional coaches that kind of money.
We'll see. I'll be watching Borges salary the most. I hope he can earn a raise in the next couple years because that will mean he's done a good job with Denard. I see Mattison having too much success and experience to not get us back to playing strong D.
They've certainly paid top dollar in Mattison's case. Rittenberg just tweeted that Mattison is now the highest paid assistant in the Big Ten.
I'm a little surprised about Borges too. Not as high-profile but has a strong resume nonetheless.
And nice to see the position coaches getting some love as well.
I'll be a position coach. I want to coach the kickers, can't be too hard to do. Line up, kick oblong ball through uprights, repeat as necessary. Coaching accomplished.
Are you sure you weren't coaching our kickers last season?
DB shoulda thrown that money out there the offseason between Shafer and Robinson
Seeing as DB wasn't AD at that point, it's pretty hard to blame him for that.
Mattison = $900K
Borges = $350K
Hecklinski = $225K
6 others @ $200K each = $1,200K
Total = $2.675 million for all assistants.
This article (it's maybe 2 years old?) states that would put us about 5th. That's pretty good, IMO
So I guess that this is what DB meant when he said he would open up the wallet.
I'm pissed that Nick Saban will still be making more than all of our coaches combined.
I would rather have the job and make less than 2 million a year and invest in great assistants. Making 2 million a year and keeping your job for 15 years is cooler than making 3 or 4 million and losing it after a couple. In the long run of course. Hoke is surrounding himself with good coaches and thats all that matters,
Lets not worry too much over the money lets just hope Mattison is worth it as a coach and recruiter and that everything works out. We have plenty of money lets just get wins