The final puzzle piece to Nebraska's assistant salary pool is in place.

Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, who only officially assumed that job earlier this week when the NCAA's rule on adding a 10th assistant went into force, is set to make $200,000, according to information released by the school.

That brings the total compensation of Scott Frost's first coaching staff — 10 assistants plus head strength coach Zach Duval — to $4,875,000.

The group will be one of the highest-paid in the Big Ten in 2018.

Ruud, a first-time position coach after two years as a defensive quality control coach for Frost at Central Florida, is the lowest-paid assistant on staff.

Frost's memorandum of understanding — his full contract has not yet been released — says he can obtain approval to use any money under a $5 million assistant pool cap to add pay to other football department staffers. Thus, it appears he has a potential $125,000 at his disposal for 2018, assuming athletic director Bill Moos signs off.

As previously reported, some other key football personnel salaries include: associate athletic director for football Matt Davison ($175,000), chief of staff Gerrod Lambrecht ($375,000), director of player personnel Sean Dillon ($150,000), associate director of player personnel Ryan Callaghan ($100,000) and national high school relations director Mike Cassano ($110,000). 

Name Position New salary (NU 2018)
Erik Chinander Defensive coordinator $800,000
Troy Walters Wide receivers $700,000
Mike Dawson Defensive line $475,000
Greg Austin Offensive line $475,000
Jovan Dewitt Outside LBs $475,000
Sean Beckton Tight ends $400,000
Mario Verduzco Quarterbacks $350,000
Travis Fisher Defensive backs $300,000
Ryan Held Running backs $300,000
Barrett Ruud Inside linebackers $200,000
Zach Duval Strength & conditioning $375,000
Total $4,875,000

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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