Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables has received the largest known contract for an assistant coach with a five-year deal worth $11.6 million.
Venables will make $2.2 million per year the first two years.
It was just seven years ago that USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin made $1.8 million and was the highest-paid assistant in the nation. Those days seem long gone at USC.
Clancy Pendergast signed a multi-year contract extension after last season but it is nowhere near Kiffin’s salary.
And as I have pointed out, USC has set its sights lower when hiring head coaches for the non-revenue producing sports.
The huge legal settlement expected in the health center gynecologist scandal is likely to make things even worse from a fiscal viewpoint. The lower-than-expected revenues from the Pac-12 Network won’t help either.