Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State staff no longer lowest paid in Big 12

When it comes to coaching salaries in college sports, they continue to skyrocket. But, they’ve really taken a nice leap in Ames, Iowa.

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa State’s assistants are no longer the lowest paid in the Big 12.

Iowa State’s nine full-time assistants have a combined salary of $2,319,000, according to contracts the Register obtained through Iowa’s Open Record Act. By comparison, last season, Paul Rhoads’ staff earned a combined $2,177,635.

So, that number puts the Cyclones ahead of three other Big 12 programs: Kansas, Texas Tech, and yes… Texas. Wow. I think it’s more shocking UT is so low on this list, despite head coach Charlie Strong making $5+ million per season.

Here is a look at salaries across the Big 12.

  • Oklahoma: $4,337,000
  • Oklahoma State: $3,308,347
  • Kansas State: $2,985,000
  • West Virginia: $2,935,000
  • Iowa State: $2,319,000
  • Texas: $2,313,828
  • Kansas: $2,299,000
  • Texas Tech: $2,225,000

Of course, with Baylor and TCU being private schools, they do not need to report these numbers. 

Along with Texas being so low on this list, I am stunned by how highly ranked Kansas State is.

As for individual coordinators, Texas’ Sterlin Gilbert is the highest paid offensive coordinator in the Big 12, making $991,667 per year. So, they have the highest paid offensive coordinator, but the entire staff is in the bottom 3? Some folks are getting hosed in Austin (see below)!

The highest paid defensive coordinator is Oklahoma’s Mike Stoops at $900,000. Considering what we’ve seen so far from the OU defense, Stoops has some work to do to earn that paycheck. Ironically, Texas has the lowest paid defensive coordinator in Vance Bedford, who’s making around $350,000.

An interesting note in the story looks at Paul Rhoads’ salary as secondary coach for Iowa State in 1997: $63,010. Now, as the secondary coach at Arkansas, Rhoads is pulling in $350,000! What a time to be alive! More importantly, what a time to be on the staff of an FBS football program!

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