UF records: Weis salary $765K

Charlie Weis
Charlie Weis

Former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, now offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, watches from the stands during the North squad Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala., Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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.

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