What will Ole Miss’ football assistants be paid in 2017?

Published 6:00 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ole Miss filled its ninth and final assistant coaching vacancy Wednesday with the official announcement of Jacob Peeler as receivers coach.

Peeler is the fifth new assistant head coach Hugh Freeze has brought on following a 5-7 season. Peeler, offensive coordinator Phil Longo, defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff, special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto and defensive line coach Tray Scott will join holdovers Matt Luke (offensive line), Derrick Nix (running backs), Maurice Harris (tight ends) and Jason Jones (cornerbacks) on staff.

The group will make a combined $4,635,000 next season, athletic director Ross Bjork said, a bump of nearly $400,000 from the $4,261,700 last year’s staff made collectively. The increased salary pool would’ve been the sixth-highest nationally this past season.

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In figures previously given to the EAGLE by Bjork, McGriff, who’s entering his first season as a coordinator at the FBS level, will be the highest-paid assistant at $1 million next season. His salary will increase to $1.1 million in the second year and $1.2 million in the third and final year of his contract. Longo, who’s on a two-year contract, will make $600,000 the first season and $700,000 the second.

Former defensive coordinator Dave Wommack made $800,000 this season. Dan Werner, who was fired as offensive coordinator last month, had a base salary of $675,000.

Peveto will be on a two-year contract at $425,000 per season while Scott and Peeler have one-year deals. Each will make $375,000 next season, Bjork said.

Luke, who also has the titles of assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator, made $565,000 last season, according to USA Today’s assistant salary database. Jones and Nix each made $400,000 while Harris made $375,000.