Previously employed under two-year contracts when head coach Tom Herman arrived in Austin, the non-coordinator assistants for the Texas Longhorns are now employed under one-year contracts, with compensation numbers revealed on Tuesday:
In other news, here’s what the 7 Texas assistants who got one-year assignment letters will make in 2019:— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) March 12, 2019
Stan Drayton - $515,000
Craig Naivar - $490,000
Oscar Giles - $390,000
Derek Warehime - $390,000
Drew Mehringer - $340,000
Jason Washington - $310,000
Corby Meekins - $290,000
Interestingly, the numbers released by Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman represent represent $10,000 decreases across the board when compared to the USA Today database from 2018.
Though the numbers from Davis may not represent the entirety of compensation that could account for the difference between the 2018 and 2019 salaries, it’s notable that there weren’t any apparent raises across the board despite the program’s success.
Keeping assistants on rolling one-years deals moves back to the practices under previous administrations. When Steve Patterson took over the athletic department, that changed, with Charlie Strong’s assistant receiving guaranteed multi-year contracts that cost the school a significant amount of money when Strong lost his job.
Davis previously pointed out the issues caused by constructing contracts in that manner:
Audited figures show that Texas football had to pay out $7.26 million in severance payments to various former football employees during the 2017-18 athletic year.
The coordinators, including offensive coordinator Tim Beck, co-offensive coordinator Herb Hand, and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, are all working on lucrative multi-year contracts. And athletic director Chris Del Conte has been vocal about not being willing to lose assistants after money issues, but he is restoring a more fiscally responsible approach to the contracts of assistant coaches.