According to numbers provided to me by Cal athletics, the Golden Bears may not pay their football assistant coaches less than any school in the Pac-12 Conference.
Using figures obtained from the USA Today’s annual coaching salary database, I wrote earlier this week that Cal paid its nine assistant coaches, including coordinators, a total of $2,081,600 in 2014. According to the USA Today, that ranked the Bears last in the Pac-12 and second-to-last among all schools from the Power 5 leagues whose salary information was included in the survey.
Cal is now telling me those numbers are wrong. In the interest of getting this right, here are some of the numbers provided Cal:
— Rob Likens, who left to become offensive coordinator at Kansas, actually made $205,000 in total compensation in 2014, not $135,500, as USA Today reported.
— Zach Yenser, who took the offensive line coach/run game coordinator position at KU, earned $180,000 at Cal, not $111,500.
All of Cal’s other non-coordinator assistants also earned more in 2014 than the newspaper’s database indicated.
According to Cal’s figures, coach Sonny Dykes’ staff earned a total of $2,445,000 in 2014 — which is $364,000 more than the USA Today’s salary total.
This would place the Bears ninth among Pac-12 schools — slightly ahead of Utah, Oregon State and Washington State — not last.
The caveat here, of course, is that if USA Today’s numbers on Cal were incorrect, can we trust that their figures for everyone are accurate?