Cornhuskers' assistants receive big salary bumps

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Bo Pelini's new contract received much of the buzz Monday as the Cornhuskers' second-year coach received a hike that will push his yearly contract to $1.851 million per season.

Lost in that fanfare was the 22.2 percent boost that Nebraska assistant coaches received in the new deal.

The highest-paid assistant will be offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who will receive a whopping 66.7 percent increase from last season. Watson's new yearly salary will be hiked to $375,000, according to figures obtained by the Lincoln Journal Star. It will make Watson the highest-paid assistant coach in Nebraska football history.

Here's a look at the salaries of Pelini's staff for the 2009 season.

Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson $375,000

Defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Carl Pelini $208,360

Running backs coach Tim Beck $208,360

Tight ends coach Ron Brown $208,360

Offensive line coach/associate head coach Barney Cotton $208,360

Wide receivers coach/assistant head coach Ted Gilmore $208,360

Secondary coach Marvin Sanders $208,360

Linebackers coach Mike Ekeler $150,000

Defensive ends coach John Papuchis $150,000

The collective package will pay Nebraska assistants a total of $1,925,160 -- the highest collective total ever paid to Nebraska assistant coaches. The school said the assistants' new salaries rank sixth among Big 12 teams.