College Football's Top Assistants and What They Should Be Paid

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College Football's Top Assistants and What They Should Be Paid
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Not every assistant coach is great. Many are eminently replaceable, and their contracts reflect this interchangeability. In any industry as competitive as college-football coaching, programs know that if an assistant doesn't want a job, there are dozens of qualified replacements dying to take his spot instead.

Ah, but a great assistant coach can mean the difference between mediocrity and greatness, between bowls with a six-figure payout and an eight-figure payout. Great assistants not only make their assigned players better, but they make their head coaches better—and thus their programs better.

And yet despite being among the best of the best, these assistants are routinely underpaid, and that's a dangerous way to treat an assistant who's got the ability to help define a program's lasting legacy.

As part of a series on assistant-coach salaries in college football, here's a look at seven such assistants, each of whom is sufficiently valuable to his program that a raise ought to be in order—if not an outright promotion.

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