UF records: Weis salary $765K
Published: Friday, February 25, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
Even though he took a pay cut to leave the Kansas City Chiefs to become Florida's new offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis has become the highest-paid assistant football coach in school history.
Weis, who is considered one of the great offensive minds in football, has signed a three-year contract with UF that will pay him $765,000 this season, with his annual salary rising to $865,000 for the second two years of the agreement. Weis also received a $100,000 signing bonus.
The Sun obtained the contracts of Weis and UF's other eight assistant coaches Friday through a public records request with the university.
Weis, along with the other eight assistants, also will receive an additional $10,000 annually from the school's apparel agreement with Nike.
Weis, the former head coach at Notre Dame, reportedly was making close to $1 million a year with the Chiefs when he accepted new head coach Will Muschamp's invitation to come to Florida.
Weis will not be the highest-paid offensive coordinator in the SEC. That distinction belongs to Auburn's Gus Malzahn, who recently signed a new contract that pays him an annual salary of about $1.3 million.
Two of the other highest-paid assistant coaches in college football are both defensive coordinators — Alabama's Kirby Smart ($850,000 annual salary) and Michigan's Greg Mattison ($750,000), the former co-defensive coordinator at UF under Urban Meyer.
New UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who also comes to Florida from the NFL, signed a two-year contract that will pay him an average annual salary of $500,000 (not including the yearly bump from the Nike deal). Quinn will be paid $490,000 this season, with his salary rising to $510,000 on Feb. 1, 2012.
Offensive line coach Frank Verducci and defensive line coach Bryant Young also signed two-year contracts. The base salary for Verducci is $290,000, while Young's is $230,000.
UF's five other assistants — D.J. Durkin ($265,000 base), Aubrey Hill ($230,000), Brian White ($240,000), Travaris Robinson ($230,000) and Derek Lewis ($190,000) — all have one-year contracts.
Durkin and White, holdovers from Meyer's staff, signed two-year contracts after the 2009 season.
In all, UF's salary pool for its football coaches is only about $210,000 higher than it was in 2010.