A million for an assistant? Pay up

The Division I-A Athletic Directors’ Association keeps a database of assistant football coaches’ salaries.
But executive director Dutch Baughman was reluctant to discuss this year’s numbers because the salaries “have been blown out of the water.”
Who wants to be a millionaire?
Coordinators such as Tennessee’s Monte Kiffin and Southern Cal’s Jeremy Bates are commanding the seven-figure deals once reserved for an exclusive club of head coaches.

College football’s arms race has reached the ranks of the assistants, many of whom are banking big raises this winter as schools bid for their services. The country might be locked in a recession, but the market for football coaches is bullish.