After years of shelling out million-dollar contracts to its football coaches for little return, Kansas is taking a limited financial gamble on new head coach David Beaty.
Beaty, who will make a base salary of $800,000 plus incentives, is set to make less than a third of his predecessor, Charlie Weis.
Some of that savings, though, will go toward a staff that will make a combined $2,279,000 in 2015, according to salary information obtained by The Star.
Last season, that number would have ranked sixth among the eight Big 12 schools that are required to disclose the salaries of employees. (TCU and Baylor are private schools and do not have to make salaries public.)
Clint Bowen, the Jayhawks’ assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator, has signed a three-year contract that will pay him $400,000 annually. Bowen, who served as defensive coordinator under Weis before assuming the role of interim coach, made $325,000 last season.
Co-defensive coordinator Kenny Perry, who spent the past two seasons at TCU, also signed a three-year contract worth $399,999 annually, while offensive coordinator Rob Likens accepted a three-year contract worth $350,000 annually. Likens, who is installing a version of the Air Raid spread offense this spring, served as an assistant head coach at Cal for the last two seasons.
The rest of the salary figures: Running backs coach Reggie Mitchell, who is working under his fourth head coach at Kansas, will make $250,000; offensive line coach Zach Yenser will make $222,000; Receivers coach Klint Kubiak, defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux and linebackers coach Kevin Kane will each make $166,000; and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Gary Hyman will make $160,000.
How does the total stack up to the rest of the Big 12? According to a database of coaching salaries compiled by USA Today, K-State’s nine assistant coaches made a combined $2.8 million last season. Iowa State and Texas Tech, meanwhile, each paid out close to $2.1 million in assistant salaries in 2014.