Assistant coaches' salaries continue rise

Once again, USA Today has come out with its exhaustive database of salaries for head coaches and assistant coaches on the FBS level. Not surprisingly, the salaries for assistants continue to rise. The newspaper found that assistants making $250,000 or more is up from at least 106 last year to 132 this season.

Also unsurprisingly, 51 of those assistants are in the SEC. Only three of the 132 are among non-AQs teams.

A quick gander of the assistant coaches pay chart reveals the programs that pay the most are in the six automatic-qualifying conferences. That stands to reason, considering the money is concentrated among those schools. Here are the top earners from the non-AQs. Keep in mind USA Today was able to get numbers from 110 of 120 FBS schools. Not included are private schools TCU, BYU, Rice, SMU, Tulane and Temple. Hawaii also is not included:

Ivin Jasper, Navy offensive coordinator, $344,836*

Bryan Harsin, Boise State offensive coordinator, $259,520**

Pete Kwiatkowski, Boise State defensive coordinator, $259,520**

Paul Randolph, Tulsa executive senior associate coach/co-defensive coordinator, $242,680**

Bob Gregory, Boise State linebackers coach, $220,000**

Phil Snow, Eastern Michigan defensive coordinator, $212,000

Rocky Long, San Diego State defensive coordinator, $205,008

Al Borges, San Diego State offensive coordinator, $205,000

Larry Kerr, Colorado State assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, $200,000**

The highest-paid assistants in the Sun Belt are FIU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield, who both earn $146,969.

*Jasper's salary is from 2008 and taken from the Naval Academy Athletic Association's IRS 990 form. This is his total salary, including bonuses.

**Salary does included statement of outside income

As for head coaches, SMU coach June Jones is the highest paid of the non-AQs, earning $2.142 million. TCU coach Gary Patterson is next ($1.642 million), followed by Boise State coach Chris Petersen ($1.5 million).