Five years ago, Les Miles convinced Oklahoma State to become the first school in college football to offer multi-year contracts to all assistant coaches.
The move added security to a profession that had felt little over the years.
Today, long-term contracts, performance-based incentives and rapidly rising salaries are reasons why there’s never been a better time to be an assistant coach in college football.
An in-depth analysis by The Oklahoman of Big 12 coaching contracts and salaries revealed that assistant coaches have never been better compensated, with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among those leading the way.
“Most of the guys making the big money would be doing it for peanuts because they love to coach,” said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. “But it’s nice now that they’re able to do what they love to do and be compensated.”
In just the last three years, assistant coaching salaries in the Big 12 have risen by almost 37 percent.