FAYETTEVILLE — New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema left Wisconsin seeking more resources to pay assistant coaches.
Now that his nine-man staff with the Razorbacks is complete, it's pretty clear Bielema got his wish.
Arkansas' nine on-the-field assistant coaches will earn a combined $3 million for the 2013-14 season, which is roughly $1 million more than the $1.9 million Bielema's 2012 Wisconsin staff reportedly received. The staff total was finalized when salary figures for wide receivers coach Michael Smith ($275,000) and tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. ($200,000) were released by the university Tuesday afternoon.
Smith's salary equaled that of former Arkansas assistant George McDonald, who was hired by Bielema last month and left to become offensive coordinator at Syracuse last week.
The contracts for Smith and Lunney will run to June 30, 2014. Their letters of agreement include a prorated $50,000 buyout if they leave for other jobs.
The $3 million doled out by Arkansas for its football staff is the most in school history for a group of assistants. The 2012 assistants earned $2.603 million, with five of the nine coaches receiving $250,000 or more. The 2013 group includes seven coaches who will be paid $250,000 or more.
The total doesn't include money for other support staff members like strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert ($300,000), on-campus recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser ($80,000) and director of football operations Mark Taurisani ($150,000).
Bielema also will earn $3.2 million a year with the Razorbacks.
2013 Arkansas Football Staff Salary
OC/QB - Jim Chaney - $550,000
RB – Joel Thomas - $235,000
WR – Michael Smith – $275,000
OL - Sam Pittman - $275,000
TE – Barry Lunney Jr – $200,000
DL - Charlie Partridge - $350,000
LB – Randy Shannon - $315,000
DC/DBs - Chris Ash - $550,000
CB – Taver Johnson - $250,000
Other Staff Members
On-campus recruiting - Chris Hauser – $80,000
Football operations - Mark Taurisani - $150,000
HS relations – Bobby Allen – N/A
Strength coach - Ben Herbert - $300,000
2012 Arkansas Football Staff Salary
OC/QB - Paul Petrino - $475,000
RB – Tim Horton - $205,000
WR – Kris Cinkovich - $214,800
OL – Chris Klenakis - $266,420
DT – Kevin Peoples - $200,000
DE – Steve Caldwell - $257,000
LB – Taver Johnson - $275,000
DC/S – Paul Haynes - $475,000
CB – Bobby Allen - $235,000
Other Staff Members
On-campus recruiting – Nick Holt - $55,735
Football operations – Mark Robinson – $103,800
HS relations – Jason Shumaker – $102,000
Strength coach – Jason Veltkamp - $200,450