Football: New coordinators hit the jackpot


Cal signed new football coordinators Tony Franklin and Andy Buh to three-year contracts that will pay them nearly double what their predecessors earned last season, according to documents released Friday by the athletic department.
Franklin, who is coach Sonny Dykes’ offensive coordinator, is expected to earn at least $555,000 for the 2013 season. Buh, the Bears’ defensive coordinator, stands to earn at least $505,000.
In 2012, offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik earned $294,600 and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast was paid $245,000. Both were let go after head coach Jeff Tedford was fired following a 3-9 season.
The salaries of Cal’s assistant coaches came under scrutiny following the 2011 season when two members of Tedford’s staff departed for better deals at Washington.
Franklin will receive a $175,000 base salary and a $245,000 talent fee for the period spanning May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.
He receives a one-time $26,000 signing bonuses and three staggered retention bonuses totaling 109,000, if remains with the program through the end of the 2013 regular season. Those three yearly retention bonuse increases in value to $130,000 each of the two subsequent seasons.
Additionally, he was due a pro-rated payment of $98,193.97 for the period from his hiring on Dec. 7, 2012 through April 30, 2013.
Buh will receive a base salary of $175,000 and a talent fee of $325,000. He  earned a one-time signing bonus of $5,000, but does not get retention bonuses.
Buh was to receive a pro-rated payment of $103,623 for the period from Jan. 10 through April 30, 2013.
Both coordinators are eligible for bonuses based on the team’s performance: $10,000 for a non-BCS bowl appearance, $15,000 for appearing in the Pac-12 championship game, $25,000 for a BCS bowl appearance and $35,000 for a bid to the national championship game.
If Franklin is fired without cause after the end of the first season and prior to the end of the second season, he will receive a $680,000 payoff. If he’s terminated after the second season but before the end of the third season, that payoff is $420,000.
Buh, if fired without cause, would receive 100 percent of his base and talent fee for the remainder of his contract, making it essentially a gauranteed contract.
If Franklin chooses to leave prior to April 30, 2014, he must pay the university $50,000. His buyout fee drops to $25,000 the next year.
Buh’s buyout ladder is $75,000 after the first season, $50,000 after the second season and $25,000 if he departs between May 1, 2015 and Nov. 15, 2015.

What Pac-12 coordinators earned in 2012

Here’s a look at what Pac-12 schools paid their football coordinators in 2012, according to the USA Today football coaches salary database. All are base salaries, not including potential bonuses earned:

— Arizona
Calvin Magee, co-offensive coordinator, $300,000
Rod Smith, co-offensive coordinator, $235,000
Jeff Casteel, defensive coordinator, $425,000

— Arizona State
Mike Norvell, offensive coordinator, $320,000
Paul Randolph, defensive coordinator, $320,000

— Cal
Jim Michalczik, offensive coordinator, $294,600
Clancy Pendergast, defensive coordinator, $245,000

— Colorado
Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator, $480,000
Greg Brown, defensive coordinator, $301,000

— Oregon
Mark Helfrich, offensive coordinator, $350,833
Nick Aliotti, defensive coordinator, $552,500

— Oregon State
Danny Langsford, offensive coordinator, $240,000
Mark Banker, defensive coordinator, $440,000

— Southern Cal
Kennedy Polamalu, offensive coordinator, N/A
Monte Kiffin, defensive coordinator, $1,533,764

— Stanford
Pep Hamilton, offensive coordinator, N/A
Derek Mason, defensive coordinator, N/A

Noel Mazzone, offensive coordinator, $350,000
Lou Spanos, defensive coordinator, $550,000

— Utah
Brian Johnson, co-offensive coordinator, $225,500
Kalani Fifita Sitake, defensive coordinator, $500,000

— Washington
Eric Kiesau, offensive coordinator, $375,004
Justin Wilcox, defensive coordinator, $750,000

— Washington State
Mike Breske, defensive coordinator, $326,500

Note: Southern Cal and Stanford are private universities and not subject to public records searches. At Washington State, head coach Mike Leach also served as offensive coordinator.


Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    They’d better produce.

  • Calfan

    Buh doesn’t have half the experience Pendrgast had and gets paid twice as much. No way he’s twice as good as Pendergast, who will now be coaching SC. Buh better produce next season.

  • wehofx

    I want Buh’s agent to represent me.

  • Gobears49

    Imagine what Buh would have made if he felt comfortable coaching the 3 – 4 defense.

  • ConcordBear

    All coaches are hired to win.
    These guys are paid a competitive national salary.
    This info is a good thing. I had no idea we had made the move to increase salaries. These guys work crazy hard hours and we are in line with other top programs.
    Hope our coaches are good, they seem like great guys.
    Can’t wait for the season.

  • Juancho

    I wish i could pay kline. But that would be against the rules.

  • Woj

    Buh has not had any track record of success anywhere he’s been. Jimmy Harbaugh canned him in 2009. Wasn’t impressed with the D coordinator hire when it was made by Dykes and don’t understand at all why he’s making 500 grand a year. He’s an unproven coomodity. Wish Cal had simply hired away Banker from Oregon St. who is a proven commodity and would have weakened OSU. The O coordinator is a proven offensive mind which puts TDs on the board but again unproven at the Pac12 level.

  • BlueNGold

    On the one hand, it is pretty obscene that college coaches are making that kind of money, particularly at public universities. On the other, you have to pay big bucks to compete for the best coaches. During the Tosh fiasco I was wondering how Cal could be getting away paying its assistants less than what comparable positions at other Pac12 public schools paid. In fact, I wondered whether it had anything to do with the underachievement of the prior administration? I just hope that all those big salaries start paying dividends fairly soon.