If the Miami Hurricanes want to compete for ACC championships (and eventually national titles), coughing up the funds necessary to hire Mark Richt alone won’t be enough.

They’re going to have to open up the checkbook for his assistants as well, which I’m sure was a talking point with Richt before he agreed to come to Coral Gables. USA Today ran their annual feature of breaking down the salaries of the top assistants in college football and one thing is clear: to put yourself in position to compete with the big boys, you have to pay to play.

Although salary information regarding Miami Hurricanes assistant coaches was not included in the study because the University of Miami is a private school and thus not publicly available, it’s safe to assume Al Golden’s staff was not compensated in the upper echelon nationally.

Below are the Top 15 coaching staffs (not including head coaches) ranked by total compensation:

  1. LSU — $5.47 million
  2. Auburn — $5.34 million
  3. Alabama — $5.23 million
  4. Georgia — $4.81 million
  5. Texas A&M — $4.42 million
  6. Clemson — $4.33 million
  7. Florida State — $4.28 million
  8. Michigan — $4.25 million
  9. Ohio State — $4.02 million
  10. South Carolina — $4.00 million
  11. UCLA — $3.97 million
  12. Texas — $3.91 million
  13. Louisville — $3.78 million
  14. Oklahoma — 3.77 million
  15. Florida — $3.73 million

The bolded teams represent three of the four teams in the College Football Playoff. Michigan State is the exception, with their staff ranking 24th.

Conference breakdown: SEC (7), ACC (3), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (2), Pac 12 (1)

And here were the Top 10 highest paid assistants in college football last year:ncaa football coaches

With Richt imprinting on the offense, I wouldn’t be too worried who comes in at offensive coordinator, so as long as he can recruit, even if it means James Coley is retained.

Defensively, Richt better have the funds to bring in a dynamite coach, someone who’s going to rip up the misguided roots of the Mark D’Onofrio Era and reinstitute the attacking, swarming blueprint that made Miami’s defense so imposing for so many years.

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