Welcome to Husker Mash, a routine analysis of must-know Nebraska athletics stories and anything else that piques our interest along the way. Guess what interests us the most right now? Come on. guess.
The coach’s contract years used to seem like a side note to me on any pre-Frost-era hiring. This is because the data always looks the same. A five-year deal? yes. It seems to be true. This is almost always the case.
A five-year contract was Mike Riley’s contract eight years earlier and seemed pretty standard for head coaches at the time. fifteen years ago Bo Bellini She also signed a five year deal for… wait for it………. $1.1 million a year. Amazing. This is a rare case when I can write *only* $1.1 million.
Remember when Houston turned down Nebraska four years earlier? Arkansas doubled his salary to $1.5 million for the season. Whenever you can remember the story of Houston Nutt, you should.
Now, I’ll take $1.1 to $1.5 million to jump all the way to Kokomo. Most of you certainly would, too. But sometimes when you really step back and think about it, man, sure enough, Mark Stoops now has a new $9 million a year deal as a coach at Kentucky. Just as eye-catching: Stoops’ deal runs through June 2031. He could screw it up three of the next four years (without saying he would), and the school is still on the hook for five more years. This is not a shot at KFC’s move. Just a nod to the changing times.
For dollar signs, when Bellini renewed his annual deal to $1.851 million one year after his initial contract as Nebraska’s head coach at the start of 2009, January’s story was pretty big here. Bellini was actually making more, about $2.3 million a year, as LSU’s defensive coordinator after just 11 years.
Time is running. As well as the salaries of senior officials in this profession.
We’re starting to see that shift more here with Scott Frost’s original contract back in December 2017.
Then his contract was $35 million over seven years. It’s really the years part of the deal more than the salary number that has started to interest me lately – and it will be the number that I’m most curious about when we see the next Husker trainer’s contract.
Think every college football coach’s agent didn’t crane their neck when Mel Tucker received a $95 million 10-year deal after just one quality season at Michigan State? Or was James Franklin also cashing in a 10-year deal until 2031? Advertising across the country has never been in a more difficult place with some of these contract talks.
I’ve seen these additions pop up in various places this week. Most notably for Husker fans after training research, Lance Leipold He has now reportedly agreed to terms at Kansas through 2029.
So be that as it may Matt Rowley, or whoever else whose name appears in this press release announcing Nebraska’s next Husker coach in the coming days, it’s going to be interesting to me not just the number, but the years associated with this time when five isn’t seen as enough anymore. Seven years on an initial deal seems like more than long enough runway. But would you make it past seven if that’s what it takes to get the man you want?
A caller asked Nebraska athletics director Trev Alberts a week ago on the radio to calm the nerves of fans who weren’t looking for a coach.
“Obviously the whole economy is part of the decision-making process, but I think we’ve been very clear, we’re looking for the right person and we’re not going to make decisions based on who we can hire to cost us the least amount of money,” Alberts said. Grandpa Connie is a good custodian of resources for the University of Nebraska. I feel very confident that we will have the resources we need to hire the best and most suitable coach for the University of Nebraska. “
I’m no one’s dealer, but if this happens with an outside hire like many now expect, I guess Husker fans won’t even blink if Mickey Joseph They were offered to be the highest paid assistant Nebraska had ever had.
It’s up to the new coach, of course, as to who’s on his staff, and it’s up to Mickey if he wants to stay here or consider any options he might have. But the $1.1 million the coach was making here doesn’t seem far off from what you might owe a guy like Joseph. Consider his recruiting prowess, but as important as he can be in helping you work through conversations with the roster you have, gate season and early signing day come hot.
The current attack coordinator Mark Whipple He is the highest-paid assistant the Huskers have to date, making $875,000 this year, with a two-year contract to pay him $900,000 next year.
Joseph came here last December with a deal that would pay him $600,000, and he added on a monthly salary of $33,350 to that while taking on the temporary Husker coaching role. He’ll be the first to say the Mummy didn’t win as often as he’d hoped – I might add a tough hand – but the way he handled the position and kept the team together is admirable.
“What I love about Mickey Joseph is his ability to hold people accountable, and he does it the right way,” said the quarterback. Casey Thompson. “He’s so driven by relationships, that he knows how to engage with every coach and every player, and every person inside the building, and I really like that about him.”
There’s a lot of smoke behind the possibility of the Rhule-Husker at the hour I’m writing this, and count me in the club who always thought it’d be a monster drag if the mummy landed him.
Incidentally, “smoke” has apparently become journalists’ favorite catchphrase for stories about searches, the way they used to “apparently” and “apparently.” But I digress.
Rhule’s unsuccessful stint in the NFL doesn’t count as much anxiety with me. He wouldn’t be the first winning college coach who didn’t have a win-loss record that showed up well in this league for one reason or another.
His skills as a head coach at Temple and Baylor are the focal points, which has shown effective roster development. People might also like that he was an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants in 2012 before becoming a head coach.
We’ve written and said our share of words on podcasts about a bunch of nominees over the past couple of months — definitely including Rhule, who even after firing Frost had us tracking the Carolina Panthers’ results closely in September. with no reason! No reason at all, I tell you! Well, there might have been. It always seemed like something that could happen, even back then.
While waiting to see if that’s the case, Here is another perspective From USA Today’s Paul Myerberg, who wrote in October that Rhule is the man the Huskers should go after.
Rhule has experience as a Power Five coach. He is clearly drawn to the rebuilding process. While his departure from Temple to Baylor one year after firing Art Briles was a slight surprise, given his lack of ties to Texas, the challenge spoke to Rolle on a deep level—and the opportunity to make his mark on once-proud Nebraska. You might do the same
He can bring durability and midfield again to a program that lacks pain in both areas. At Temple and Baylor, Rolle and his staff were talking about “hitting the body,” about making opponents “drop their hands,” about “going for the kill.”
As a recruiter, Rhule is adept at evaluating prospects that fit the scheme: Baylor signed just three-star recruits in the 2017 class that formed the backbone of two New Year’s six-bowl teams in the space of three years. The combination of that eye with Nebraska’s strong resources in name, image, and likeness makes for an intriguing combination.
He probably won’t end up in the guy, but the one who always seemed a possibility in this search, and whose name carried some Husker fanfare into our conversations on Wednesday in our conversations is the head coach of North Carolina State. Dave Doren.
It would be a good listen if Alberts provided some details about his process to get to the finish line in this rental. While it certainly won’t touch on how far you’ve moved down the road with specific people, you can imagine the balancing act of having someone you want to introduce/accept, while also needing to have other potential options closely available if negotiations fall flat. Do I keep a moving list of 3 or 4 items at all times?
Doreen, if you look at his background in NC State, has such a consistent way about him in his 10 years there that you can see an ad that he appreciates, and ponder how that might translate in a place with some extra resources.
Speaking of good resumes, there are Chris Clement, with heroic DNA from his time at North Dakota State. There’s a lot to like about what’s going on now, too. It looks like he’s just a coach who’s going to put together a strong Big Ten team. But the Kansas State coach could be a tough draw given his close relationship with AD there, plus the benefits of his Manhattan builder starting to take shape. Not to mention the tricky part that he’ll likely have another game the following weekend in the Big 12 tournament.
Imagine if for some reason this thing wasn’t settled, Monday came and this kind of a long week was waiting for us here.
no don’t. It’s Thanksgiving.
For Lance Leybold, whether Nebraska looked another way first or Leybold did is immaterial in my view.
It’s a more substantial version of the hiring situations that happen every year, where after a breakup you’re asked if it was the school that lost interest or the child.
The bottom line is that marriage doesn’t happen and it can be good for both parties.