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Salaries released for FSU football assistants

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Florida State released letters of understanding documents for seven of the new football coaches on Mike Norvell’s staff on Friday afternoon.

Here are some of the details:

Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller – $800,000 annually on a three-year contract through Dec. 31, 2022

Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham – $625,000 annually on a three-year contract through Dec. 31, 2022

Offensive line coach Alex Atkins – $500,000 annually on a two-year contract through Dec. 31, 2021. He will also receive a $20,000 signing bonus.

Running backs coach / recruiting coordinator David Johnson – $400,000 on year 1 and $450,000 on year 2 of a two-year contract through Dec. 31, 2021. He will also receive a $20,000 signing bonus.

Linebackers coach / defensive run game coordinator Chris Marve – $500,000 annually on a two-year contract through Dec. 31, 2021. He will also receive a $20,000 signing bonus.

Special teams coach / defensive ends coach John Papuchis – $550,000 annually on a three-year contract through Dec. 31, 2022. He will also receive a $20,000 signing bonus.

Deputy head coach / tight ends coach Chris Thomsen – $500,000 annually on a two-year contract through Dec. 31, 2021. He will also receive a $20,000 signing bonus.

There are no new contracts for Odell Haggins or Ron Dugans, who were retained by Norvell. Haggins is under contract through Feb. 1, 2021, at $525,000 annually. Dugans is under contract at $450,000 annually through Jan. 31, 2021.

Norvell has a $5.5 million salary pool for his 10 assistant coaches. The above nine contracts, not including signing bonuses, are valued at $4.85 million.

No letter of understanding details were released for new defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson.

The coaches will receive car allowances, cell phone allowances, tickets to football games and relocation expenses.

Buyouts for each coach differ. For a number of coaches it is a steep loss of wages if they leave before Dec. 31, 2020 – they will owe the full amount of their annual compensation times the number of years remaining. But for most of the coaches, that total drops to 50 percent of their salary beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, and there is no buyout for those on a three-year deal (if they leave on Jan. 1, 2022 or later, they owe FSU nothing).

Kendal Briles earned $1 million as FSU’s offensive coordinator in 2019, while defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett earned just under $1 million.

Rushing did not sign a LOU

Former defensive backs coach T.J. Rushing, who was hired by FSU in December but left earlier this week, did not sign his letter of understanding, according to a school spokesperson. Rushing will not owe FSU any buyout.

Comments

  1. Robert Hughes Reply

    I know I’m lazy, but how do totals stack up against WT’s assistant coaches salaries?

    • Bob Ferrante Reply

      Good question. Taggart’s pool was also $5.5 million for the 10 assistants but he had to include “a director of operations, director of strength and conditioning coach, and director of recruiting” within the allotment of $5.5 million.

      Norvell’s pool is $5.5 million but that is just the 10 assistants.

      We don’t yet know how much some of the Norvell off-field hires make, such as Warwick, Locklyn, Kupper, Storms.

  2. Gary j. Holliday Reply

    How these compared to other power 5. College’s in particular ACC schools.

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