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Nebraska finalizes one-year extensions with assistant football coaches

Nebraska finalizes one-year extensions with assistant football coaches

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Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander works with the team during pregame drills before taking on South Alabama in 2019.

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Nebraska recently finalized one-year contract extensions with nine of 10 assistant football coaches and head strength coach Zach Duval. 

The contracts were finalized late last week with signatures from athletic director Bill Moos and vice chancellor for business and finance William Nunez. 

The extensions mean that Duval and nine assistants now have contracts that run through Dec. 31, 2022. Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti was the only assistant coach who did not have an extension finalized at the time of the Journal Star's record request. His contract runs through Dec. 31, 2021.

As coach Scott Frost indicated recently to the Journal Star, none of the Husker staff members received raises in the most recent round of extensions. 

"That was largely my decision," Frost said in late January. "I might ask for those (pay raises) when we get this job done and we have the kind of year that we're expected to have. Until then, I don't think anybody here feels we're necessarily deserving yet."

Outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson's salary jumps from $325,000 to $500,000 on March 1, but that increase has been set in his contract since he originally rejoined the staff in early 2020 and is likely related to his contract with the New York Giants from the 2019 season. Dawson's salary at NU will then increase to $550,000 on Jan. 1, 2022. He also has a $100,000 retention bonus in his contract if he remains on staff on April 30, 2022. 

Here are the rest of NU's staff salaries for 2021: 

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander: $800,000.

Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick: $500,000.

Offensive line coach/run-game coordinator Greg Austin: $500,000.

Secondary coach Travis Fisher: $450,000.

Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Ryan Held: $400,000.

Tight ends coach Sean Beckton: $400,000.

Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco: $375,000.

Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti: $375,000.

Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud: $225,000.

Strength coach Zach Duval: $400,000.

Contact the writer at 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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