Dead coaches walking: The sad last reel of 2017 Razorback football | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dead coaches walking: The sad last reel of 2017 Razorback football

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM

click to enlarge UA
  • UA
That was a melancholy article in the sports section in this morning's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, with quotes from head Hog football coach Bret Bielema and a couple of assistants about getting ready for what most believe to be Bielema's final game as coach.

A head coaching change inevitably means changes in assistant coaches, too.

Bielema said he had no regrets and even sounded a hopeful note, citing improved records this year by some other teams.

"All these teams had a dip-down year," Bielema said. "Now, I didn't have the prior success, I get it. But what we took over, what we've built and what's coming back is a very exciting time."
Top assistants Dan Enos and Paul Rhoads also acknowledged the talk of changes in the coaching staff, but said that was part of the business. They've been fired before. Said Enos:

We can take it. We can handle it. Obviously when you're 4-7, we know people aren't going to be running around trying to have a parade for us or build statues of us in front of the stadium. We get all that..

The expected change in leadership would come with financial complications — both a deal with a new coach, or coaches, and settling up with the old ones. (UA also has an athletic director to hire to succeed Jeff Long, who made $1 million a year and buyout worth up to more than $4 million.) So, for the record:

Head coach Bret Bielema has a contract that runs through 2020. There are different opinions on what his buyout is worth , between $5 and $6 million by one account, but much more by an original contract that has since been altered.

The assistant coaches, with one exception, have contracts that only run through June 30, 2018. The terms in them generally provide for the time remaining on contracts should they be terminated, or up to six months. A change in head coach is an event that can give rise to a termination for "convenience." 

The coach payroll adds up to about $8 million, not counting a variety of perks such as cars and tickets to games.

Bret Bielema, head coach, has a current pay level of $4.2 million and a contract through 2020: Here is his contract.

Dan Enos. The offensive coordinator is paid $800,000. His contract runs through June 30, 2020.  See his most recent contract here.

Paul Rhoads.
 The defensive coordinator makes $700,000, His most recent contract here.

Michael Smith. The receivers' coach makes $400,000,

Chad Walker. The linebacker coach makes $375,000.

Kurt Anderson The offensive line coach is paid $370,000,

Barry Lunney.
The tight ends coach makes $350,000.

John Scott.
The defensive line coach is paid $340,000

Reggie Mitchell.
The running back coach makes $310,000.

Vernon Hargreaves.
The linebacker coach is paid $300,000

All the coaches have contracts with incentives based on performance on the field, such as a conference championship, but none of those will be applicable this year. Bielema can qualify for $50,000 for meeting a couple of academic standards.

Tags: , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Jerry Dhonau, former Gazette editorial page editor, dies at 83

    Jerry Dhonau, a retired newspaperman whose career included reporting on the Little Rock school crisis and being editorial page editor of the Arkansas Gazette when it closed in 1991, has died. Ernest Dumas provides his colleague’s obituary.
    • Aug 18, 2018
  • DHS confirms it's withholding personnel records on Leslie Rutledge

    Chris Burks, the lawyer in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking personnel records of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge when she was a staff lawyer at the Department of Human Services, says DHS confirms the existence of records that have not been released in previous examinations of her record there.
    • Aug 18, 2018
  • Death reported in Malvern prison

    The Correction Department is reporting what it calls an apparent suicide Thursday evening in the Ouachita River Correction unit in Malvern.
    • Aug 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

    If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017

Most Viewed

  • The Family Council vs. Issue 1

    Here's a storyline to watch: The Family Council, the conservative Christian group that's long fought against same-sex marriage and abortion rights, has come out heavy against Issue 1, the so-called "tort reform" ballot proposal that would limit damage awards in lawsuits. The messaging battle over Issue 1 has long been seen as one that pitted the deep pockets of the state Chamber of Commerce and big business in the state against the deep pockets of trial lawyers. Could the Family Council's truck with evangelicals tip the scales?
  • An open line

    Tell us something.
  • How charter schools and Asa Hutchinson's policies are hurting education everywhere in Arkansas

    Here's a new voice writing about the damage being done to Arkansas education by the charter school movement and the Hutchinson administration's waiver of school standards.
  • Jerry Dhonau, former Gazette editorial page editor, dies at 83

    Jerry Dhonau, a retired newspaperman whose career included reporting on the Little Rock school crisis and being editorial page editor of the Arkansas Gazette when it closed in 1991, has died. Ernest Dumas provides his colleague’s obituary.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: An open line

    • My roommate and fellow history student told me about the Turks he fought with in…

    • on August 18, 2018
  • Re: An open line

    • There weren't a whole of lot of Turkish fighters in the Korean War, but there…

    • on August 18, 2018
  • Re: An open line

    • If one notices American/Turkish relations are the worst in a century. We have counted on…

    • on August 18, 2018

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation