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Utes' offensive coordinator gets big raise

Published March 1, 2012 2:50 pm

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Finally received the contract info for Brian Johnson, who was recently promoted to offensive coordinator after just two years as the quarterbacks coach. The 25-year-old went from being one of the lowest paid members of Utah's staff to one of the highest, receiving an increase from $120,000 to $225,000. Former offensive coordinator Norm Chow received $275,000 in base salary. Johnson wasn't the only one who received a raise. Records show Jay Hill, who is in his eighth season with the Utes, received a raise that will increase his salary from $180,000 to $225,000. Eighth-year coach Aaron Roderick, who was a candidate for the coordinator's position, received an increase of $30,000 to bring his salary to $200,000. Dan Finn, a former Utah graduate assistant from 2004-06 who was hired in February to coach the offensive line, will receive the same salary as Roderick. The salaries of recent hires Sharrieff Shah (cornerbacks) and Ilaisa Tuiaki (fullbacks and tight ends) along with any raise defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and other coaches might have received haven't been disclosed by the university. Sitake made $225,000 in base salary in 2011. In addition, head coach Kyle Whittingham's base salary was increased from $340,000 to $440,000. Utah athletic director Chris Hill said he felt the salary increases are keeping the Utes in the middle of the Pac-12. "You want to stay competitive and the reality of college football is you have to pay your staff more," he said. "We have to make sure we are paying our personnel well." No doubt, we'd all like to see the kinds of raises Utah's football staff has seen lately. Here is a look at what the staff was getting going into the 2008 season and now. The economy might not be great, but it's still a very good time to be a coach at Utah.

- Lya Wodraska 2012 base salariesHead coach Kyle Whittingham $440,000Offensive coordinator Brian Johnson $225,000Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake $225,000 for 2011Running backs coach Jay Hill $225,000Passing game coordinator Aaron Roderick $200,000Offensive line coach Dan Finn $200,000Defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a $120,000 for 2011Safeties/recruiting coordinator Morgan Scalley $155,000 for 2011Departed coaches made in 2011Offensive coordinator Norm Chow $275,000Offensive line coach Tim Davis $200,000Running backs coach Dave Schramm $170,000 2008 base salariesHead coach Kyle Whittingham $186,000Defensive coordinator Gary Andersen $193,000Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig $177,500 Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey $154,000Running backs coach Dave Schramm $100,000Tight ends/special teams coach Jay Hill $95,000Wide receivers coach Aaron Roderick $92,000Inside linebackers coach Kalani Sitake $92,000Cornerbacks coach Aaron Alford $72,050Safeties coach Morgan Scalley $65,000