UT assistants claim bonuses like they won Big 12 title

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas got a lot of notoriety the last few days after the media noticed that somebody had placed a designation inside the team room showing the school considered it had won the 2008 Big 12 title -- with an asterisk.

Mack Brown announced he would take the designation down on Monday, apparently clearing up that matter of interior decorating and room decor.

But Texas officials have decided to pay assistant coaches and several key support people like they won the championship.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds received permission from Texas president William Powers Jr. and the university's men's athletic council to pay $44,000 in bonuses that are called for when the football team wins a conference title.

The Longhorns earned a three-way share of the Big 12 South division title with Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Sooners advanced to the championship game through a tiebreaker, despite losing to the Longhorns earlier in the season. Texas Tech beat Texas to account for the Longhorns' loss.

"I think this was the right decision," Powers told the American-Statesman. "A flip of a coin basically deprived them of the ability to earn that part of their compensation."

The Statesman reported that the coaches had already pocketed bonuses of nine percent of their base salaries for the Longhorns' playing in a BCS bowl.

Interestingly, Brown did not share in the largesse of the extra bonuses for Texas' "championship."

Brown, whose base pay is $2.91 million per year, could have pocketed an extra $150,000 -- $50,000 for claiming the South title and another $100,000 for winning the Big 12 title game.

Here's the breakdown for the bonuses for Texas coaches and support personnel:

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis: $5,000
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp: $5,000
Dir. of Football Operations Cleve Bryant: $5,000
Asst. AD for strength & conditioning Jeff Madden: $5,000
Secondary coach Duane Akina: $3,000
Running backs coach Major Applewhite: $3,000
Recruiting coordinator/tight ends Bruce Chambers: $3,000
Defensive ends coach Oscar Giles: $3,000
Wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy: $3,000
Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter: $3,000
High school relations/player development Ken Rucker: $3,000
Defensive ends/special teams Mike Tolleson: $3,000