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Michigan is first football program with 3 assistants making $1M

Michigan is first football program with 3 assistants making $1M
Published On: Wed, Jan 25
Sep 20, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Damion Terry (6) gets tackled by Eastern Michigan Eagles defensive back DaQuan Pace (33) during the fourth quarter at Spartan Stadium. Spartans beat the Eagles 73-14. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan's assistants will set a new standard for college football coach salaries, with three -- offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, defensive coordinator Don Brown and passing game coordinator and assistant head coach Pep Hamilton -- making $1 million for the next three seasons.

LSU and Alabama both had two assistants at or above $1 million last season. No public school has had three at a time, according to USA Today research.

According to memorandums of understanding, released by the school today, after a records request, Drevno's new five-year deal will pay him $1 million per year, with a $150,000 signing bonus. He was making $800,000 on his previous contract. He signed Jan. 2. If he leaves for another assistant coaching position, he'll owe U-M $150,000. If he leaves for a head coaching job, he owes nothing.

Brown's five-year deal is for $1 million per year but has a retention bonus each of the first four years: $300,000 in years one and two and $400,000 in years three and four. There is no retention bonus in year five. He was making $880,000 on his previous contract. He signed his deal on Dec. 20. He will owe $250,000 to U-M if he leaves for another job before the end of his contract. If he retires, he will not owe a buyout, unless he returns to coaching elsewhere within 24 months, at which point he will owe U-M the equivalent of the retention bonuses he previously received.

Hamilton, who recently was hired away from the Cleveland Browns to replace passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch, will have a four-year deal at $1 million for the first three seasons with a $450,000 retention bonus in year two and a $250,000 retention bonus in year three. In year four, he will make $1.25 million with no retention bonus. He also receives a $150,000 signing bonus and signed his deal Jan. 9. If Hamilton leaves for another job before Dec. 2., 2017, he will owe Michigan a "buy-out" of $150,000.

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