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A look at Big 12 assistant salaries

12/12/2013

This week, USA Today released its annual database of assistant coach salaries in college football.

And the Big 12 assistant with the biggest salary? Well, he only coached two games.

Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who was fired after the Longhorns' loss at BYU the second game of the season, tied for highest pay in the league for 2013 with an annual salary of $650,000. Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops both made the same amount to top the Big 12.

Diaz, Applewhite and Stoops were the only three Big 12 assistants to rank in the top 25 nationally in pay.

Other Big 12 assistants who top the half-a-million mark include Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel ($550,000), Texas wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt ($525,000), West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson ($501,000), West Virginia special teams coach Joe DeForest ($501,000) and Kansas defensive coordinator Dave Campo ($500,000).

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is the highest-paid assistant in the nation with a salary of $1,309,650.

Here are the highest-paid assistants for the nine Big 12 squads that reported salary:

  • Baylor: Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett ($483,994)

  • Iowa State: Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham ($375,000)

  • Kansas: Defensive coordinator Dave Campo ($500,000)

  • Kansas State: Co-offensive coordinators Dana Dimel/Del Miller and defensive coordinator Tom Hayes ($375,000)

  • Oklahoma: Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops ($650,000)

  • Oklahoma State: Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer ($462,000)

  • Texas: Offensive coordinator Major Applewhite ($650,000)

  • Texas Tech: Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt ($425,000)

  • West Virginia: Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest ($501,000)