Ole Miss’ assistants salary pool nation’s 15th-highest in 2017

Published 6:33 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ole Miss’ assistant football coaches collectively made one of the nation’s 20 highest salaries this season.

The Rebels’ nine on-field assistants were paid $4,075,000, according to USA Today’s assistant salary pool database. The amount ranked 15th nationally and eighth in the SEC. Alabama had the nation’s highest pool for assistants at $5,995,000 followed by LSU ($5,915,000), Clemson ($5,725,000), Michigan ($5,645,000) and Florida ($4,997,825).

Defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff led the way with a base salary of $1 million while offensive coordinator Phil Longo made $600,000 this season. The base salary for McGriff and Longo, who are in the first of three-year and two-year contracts, respectively, will increase by $100,000 next season.

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Linebackers and special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto made $425,000 this season while running backs coach Derrick Nix, tight ends coach Maurice Harris and defensive backs coach Jason Jones were next at $400,000 each. Receivers coach Jacob Peeler came in at $375,000 while defensive line coach Freddie Roach had a base salary of $325,000. Offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. made $150,000 this season.

Peeler and Bicknell are on one-year deals.

The Rebels’ assistant salary pool will exceed more than $5 million next season with another assistant entering the fold. Beginning Jan. 9, all FBS schools will be allowed to hire a 10th on-field assistant with Ole Miss coach Matt Luke saying he’ll look to make that hire on the defensive side of the ball.