New Pac-12 coaches are in the money

The economy is still in the dumps in a lot of places, but not if you want to become a Pac-12 head coach.

For those keeping score at home, here's where the conference coaching salaries stand now, with Arizona State and UCLA still looking for new coaches.

Chip Kelly, Oregon, $2,800,000

Jeff Tedford, California, $2,300,000

Steve Sarkisian, Washington, $2,250,000

Mike Leach, Washington State, $2,250,000

Rich Rodriguez, Arizona, $1,910,000

Kyle Whittingham, Utah, $1,700,000

Mike Riley, Oregon State, $1,313,471

Jon Embree, Colorado, $725,000

The two new guys are bolded. USC's Lane Kiffin is believed to be the Pac-12's highest paid coach. His salary has been reported as high as $4 million a year, which he has denied. Stanford coach David Shaw's salary also is not published.

See if you notice something about the guys on the way out.

Dennis Erickson, Arizona State, $1,503,000

Mike Stoops, Arizona, $1,465,000

Rick Neuheisel, UCLA, $1,285,000

Paul Wulff, Washington State, $600,050

The new guys are making more. A lot more. Don't be surprised if both UCLA and Arizona State end up paying more for their new coaches than Washington State and Arizona did for Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez.

Sun Devils and, most pointedly, UCLA fans should feel disappointed otherwise.

The new guys aren't getting Nick Saban money ($4,833,333). Or even Bobby Petrino money ($3,638,000). But they are pushing the needle up, and that also is going to drag along long neglected salaries for assistant coaches. With Washington State budgeting $1.8 million for assistant coaches and Arizona likely to be slightly north of that, it's fairly clear that things are a-changing.

Wonder if some current coaches and assistants wonder if they are going to get some deal sweeteners?

What does that 12-year, $3 billion Pac-12 TV contract bring? Bigger name coaches and bigger name coordinators and assistant coaches.

Does that guarantee better football? No.

But I'm in the camp that says it should increase the odds the Pac-12 will play better football in 2015 than it did in 2010.