Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck has received a pay raise for the upcoming year that almost doubles his salary and places him among the top-paid assistant coaches in the Big Ten.
The third-year coordinator will now make $700,000, according to figures released to the Journal Star. Beck made $365,000 last year and $345,000 the year before that.
Beck's Husker offense finished 26th nationally in total offense and 28th in scoring offense (34.8 points per game) this past season. While turnovers were the Husker offense's Achilles' heel, the unit made a significant statistical jump from Beck's first year as coordinator, when NU finished 66th in total offense and 49th in scoring offense.
Two teams are known to have shown interest in Beck this past December. His pay hike also follows a growing trend of big-time programs that are paying significant dollars to those in coordinator positions.
According to a USA Today story this past December, 18 assistants made at least $600,000 in 2012, with pay among assistants increasing almost 30 percent in the past three years.
According to that story's numbers from last year, Beck's new salary would put him third in pay among assistants in the Big Ten, behind only Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell ($761,000) and Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison ($758,900).
Michigan's Al Borges was previously the highest-paid offensive coordinator in the conference, making $658,300 last year.
While Beck saw the most substantial jump in pay, all Husker assistants received an increase of some sort, with their raises taking effect Jan 1.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis moved from $300,000 to $310,000. Veteran coaches Ron Brown and Barney Cotton will now make $254,800, a bump from $240,000.
Aside from Beck, assistant offensive line coach John Garrison made the biggest jump, moving from $160,000 to $245,000. Secondary coach Terry Joseph will also make $245,000, an increase from $230,000.
Ross Els is now at $230,000 (previously $220,000), Rick Kaczenski at $208,900 (previously $195,000) and Rich Fisher at $200,000 (previously $180,000).
All added up, Nebraska will pay its assistants just over $2.64 million. Last year the figure was $2.13 million, which ranked fifth (Penn State and Northwestern do not make its salary information public) among what other teams in the league pay assistants.
The new figures would move NU to third in the Big Ten among assistant salaries. Last year, Ohio State paid its assistants $3.29 million and Michigan paid $2.93 million, according to the USA Today numbers.
As you might guess, the SEC still leads the way among coaching salaries, with each school paying an average of about $2.5 million total each year to its assistants. The big boys are paying way more than that. LSU spent more than $4 million and Alabama paid out $3.8 million to its assistants last year.
As for Husker head coach Bo Pelini, his contract remains the same. But per his last deal, he will receive a $100,000 bump that puts him at a base salary of $2.975 million this year.