Report: Nuss to be #3 paid assistant, north of $1.1M a year

Submitted by I Like Burgers on January 9th, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gil Brandt just tweeted that Nussmeier will be the #3 paid coordinator in CFB.  Chad Morris is #1 at $1.3M, Kirby Smart is #2 at $1.28M, the old #3 was Cam Cameron who's deal averages $1.1M a year.  So that puts Nuss at what...$1.2M??


Saw reports Doug Nussmeier will be among five highest-paid college coordinators at #Michigan. That's correct. He'll be No. 3.

— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 9, 2014


Mr. Yost

January 9th, 2014 at 2:04 PM ^

That better come with some rings. And I don't mean onion rings Mr. 'I Like Burgers.'

For those talking about why he left...the guy just doubled his salary.

Section 1

January 9th, 2014 at 2:23 PM ^

I know that you meant to insert a curly fries joke at this point.  Or you were waiting for me to follow up with "curly fries."


After that, I think this is the place where the mouth-breathers wonder why the already-expensive tuition at the University of Michigan is going to a Million-dollar-plus paycheck for a quarterbacks coach. 


January 9th, 2014 at 5:21 PM ^

That was the place where a mouth breather pretends not to understand that excessive expenditures from a revenue stream whose profits go back to the general fund is de facto not irrelevant to the University's broader finances. But you were close.


January 9th, 2014 at 5:12 PM ^

I guess this is the good side of high ticket prices and PSLs.  It forces Dave Brandon to produce.

Brandon's athletic department depends on very large revenue streams.  Streams that aren't sustainable with middling B1G results.  The expectation that things will get better can only last so long without real results, and if supporters started withholding gifts / downgrading their suites/seats to save money, etc., it would all fall apart.

PB-J Time

January 9th, 2014 at 2:05 PM ^

Wow. So this is what constantly rising prices get us...I think this is more worth it than the Vegas Billboard on Stadium.

What will be interesting (& sad) is how much more this will be than the President who will be hired later this year

PB-J Time

January 9th, 2014 at 3:40 PM ^

I would remind you that this is still an academic institution. And that the football team is an amatuer team that represents the academic institution (& who's members participate in the academics). & I would ask if it is appropriate if AN ASSISTANT is worth significantly more $ that the President of the institution...

I'd ask this, but the ship has sailed. There is a preverse amount of money in this now. I'm just glad that the money that is being made by the AD is going back into the team to improve the product.

I like the hire & obviously hope he succeeds, but it's sometimes worthwile to take a step back & evaluate

snarling wolverine

January 9th, 2014 at 4:07 PM ^

When you factor in the free housing and the car she gets, MSC is effectively getting seven figures.  At that point, what difference does it make if that's more or less than what a coach gets?  She's doing very well for herself regardless.  She's the 6th-highest-paid university president in the country.

And the reality is that a football coach is more visible, and much more scrutinized, than the university president on most campuses.  Rightly or wrongly, that's how it is.  If the debate is not that the head coach deserves to be paid but that assistants shouldn't be, Hoke is a delegator by nature, with an OC who is highly autonomous - moreso than at most schools.  A Hoke OC is practically a co-HC.  So it's logical that he would be compensated near the top nationally.



steve sharik

January 9th, 2014 at 5:29 PM ^

...that this is the cost of doing business--the business of winning.  I'm not saying it's right, but if you want to have a successful football program, this is what it takes.

I don't have time to go back through your posting history, but since you've been a member of a Michigan football+ blog for over a year, then I'm betting you really care about the level of winning, which means you just made a very hypocritical statement.

You can't demand excellence without being willing to pay the costs to acquire it.  Well, I guess you could, but that would be an irrational demand.

PB-J Time

January 9th, 2014 at 3:44 PM ^

Yeah this is a worthwile point. Hopefully this amount of salary will keep him from jumping to any HC jobs unless they are high level (i.e. it wouldn't be worth going to the MAC as he'd likely not make large jump in salary)

*I think Washington is a higher level job, but they obviously chose a different coach and I think it would take this type of offer for him to leave with a ~$1.2 salary


January 9th, 2014 at 5:42 PM ^

yeah exactly man. We likely won't lose him to a MAC or similar level school since he was already in contention for UW.  If the offense makes a major leap next year you gotta believe Nuss would be on the shortlist for many coach-searching schools in early 2015 but he'd hold out for the HC gig in a top conference.

I'm thinking if a hot seat coach such as Bielema, Muschamp, Pelini, Sonny Dykes or maybe even Charlie Weiss get canned after next season those schools may come a'callin.





January 9th, 2014 at 2:07 PM ^

If that is roughly accurate, it is interesting point out that he made a shade under $700,000 at Alabama...something like $680,000 as I recall. That would represent a raise slightly north of 40% in that instance. Wow. Even if it was just top five, he would still have to get north of $850,000 per the Daily this morning. Still impressive money. 


January 9th, 2014 at 2:13 PM ^

Actually Cam Cameron's salary is going up this year, so if it's based on this year that means Nuss must be making more than the assumed amount by about 100,000 extra. 

I Like Burgers

January 9th, 2014 at 2:44 PM ^

The salary's I found were the reported numbers for 2013.  Kirby's deal was new last season so that won't change too much, and they said Cam's deal was backloaded so the $1.3M is probably right.  So yeah, Nuss could be right around that Kirby Smart/Cam Cameron $1.3M mark.

steve sharik

January 9th, 2014 at 2:41 PM ^

Have to watch film and draw the diagrams.  Don't have the software anymore, either.

Now, new job + MBA program at Ross + 2 kids < 5 years old = no way in hell.

Someday, maybe, but also I think a) Brian is learning more, and b) Space Coyote does a fine job.  I'd like to get back to it someday, though.  Maybe even start my own blog, who knows.


January 9th, 2014 at 2:23 PM ^

Hoke: For making the change and not having a big ego.  His OC and DC are better known than him.

Brandon: For writing the check.  This shows how competitive DB is. He just could not stand all the headlines convering MSU.


Now we need some W's.


January 9th, 2014 at 2:53 PM ^

Credit goes to everyone involved for making this quick and smooth. Old guy out with a firm handshake and a sincere thank you, new guy in before the rumor mill can get going and recruits start getting cold feet. If a large check was needed to make that happen, I'm glad it was provided. This hire has a lot going for it even besides the potential for a better product on the field offensively. Young energetic guy, good recruiter, experience as a QB coach, and as much as I hate to admit it, the brand recognition his former job brings.


January 9th, 2014 at 2:25 PM ^

coming out of their noodle holes. Dave Brandon is not afraid of spending as we all know. At the athletic department Christmas party, I was wondering how much all of the coaches made in total. Anybody know? Now, for the cool story bro part. At the party, which was in Crisler, I saw Borges in person for the last time. He was at the Dinky Donut stand, punding them down. Seems fitting. BUT I am still waiting for my check from UM for working childcare at the party.... come on man!