USA Today salary database released

USA Today recently released its study of coaches' contracts and compensation packages, and found that salaries for assistants continue to rise, despite a lagging economy that has even stalled pay raises for some head coaches.

Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is among the highest-paid assistant coaches in the country ($681,000), but if you ask me, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has one of the sweetest contracts in the ACC, with a maximum bonus of $1,125,000. The best thing about USA Today's database is that you can select to organize it by any of the tabs, so you can see how the ACC coaches stack up against each other at a glance.

In looking at the "total pay," you'll notice the ACC's highest paid coach -- Jim Grobe -- is among the top 10 highest-paid coaches in the country.