LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bill Callahan received a nearly 4 percent raise in the wake of the Cornhuskers' first losing
season since 1961.
Callahan, entering his second season at Nebraska, has a base salary of $337,838 for the 2005-06 fiscal year, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic budget figures. Callahan's base salary was $325,000 last year.
In addition to his base salary, he continues to receive an annual $26,250 stipend. His total compensation is more than $1.5 million annually.
Callahan's contract does not require annual increases in base pay.
Athletics Director Steve Pederson was not immediately available for comment Friday.
The athletic department's budget is an all-time high of $62.6 million. Salaries increased an average of 3 percent.
Most head coaches received raises of 5 percent or more. The top pay hike, of 76 percent, went to baseball coach Mike Anderson, whose salary went from $113,531 to $200,000 after he led the Huskers to the College World Series for the first time 2002. The team went 57-15, notching the most wins in school history and claiming the Big 12 title.
Nine department administrators will earn more than $100,000.
Pederson received a 4 percent raise to $363,825.
The top-paid coaches behind Callahan are men's basketball coach
Barry Collier ($233,818), Anderson, women's basketball coach Connie
Yori ($178,197) and volleyball coach John Cook ($145,000).
All eight returning football assistants received raises after the Huskers went 5-6 last season. Scott Downing got the biggest, an 18.3-percent raise from $105,000 to $124,228. Bill Busch's pay increased 7.7 percent, from $130,000 to $140,000, and John Blake's 6.7 percent, from $150,000 to $160,000.
Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove received 3-percent raises, from $200,000 to $206,000. Also receiving 3-percent raises, from $150,000 to $154,500, were assistants Dennis Wagner, Phil Elmassian and Randy
Receivers coach Ted Gilmore, hired in January, is paid $130,000.
The athletics department projects a 10 percent increase in
revenue in 2005-06.
The increase is made possible by having a seventh home football
game, which generates $3.2 million in net revenue, and a $22
million, eight-year contract with apparel provider adidas.
The athletics department projects ticket sales to account for $24.3 million.
Nebraska's budget for its 23-sport program was $56 million last year. Athletics officials expect to end the fiscal year with a revenue surplus of about $75,000.