Harrell To Be Highest-Paid WVU Football Assistant

Graham Harrell (right) during his time coaching at USC.

West Virginia football offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has a three-year deal with the Mountaineers at an average salary of $750,000 per year, sources have confirmed to the Blue & Gold News. That makes Harrell  the highest-paid assistant on Neal Brown’s staff. Defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley, who averages $542,500 over the two years of his contract (2021-22), was previously the top earner, as detailed by BlueGoldNews.com in March, 2021.

Harrell is slated to make $600,000 in 2022, $800,000 in 2023 and $850,000 in 2024. Bonuses, the structure of which are still to be learned, could elevate his salary further. Most of West Virginia’s assistants earn bonuses according to the structure listed below.

IncentiveAmount
Big 12 Champ
Game Appearance
$10,000
Big 12 Champ
Game Win
$10,000
Big 12 Low Tier
Bowl Appearance
$10,000
Big 12 Low Tier
Bowl Win
$5,000
Big 12 High Tier
Bowl Appearance
$15,000
Big 12 High Tier
Bowl Win
$5,000
New Year's Six
Bowl Appearance
$20,000
New Year's Six
Bowl Win
$5,000
CFP Semifinal
Appearance
$25,000
CFP National
Championship
Appearance
$25,000
CFP National
Championship Win
$25,000

While Harrell’s contract numbers are generous, they don’t approach the reported three-year extension he signed at USC in 2019. According to reports, that deal was for a total of $3.6 million, or $1.2 million per year. USC doled out that contract to fend off interest from the University of Texas and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, among others.

Harrell is the only WVU assistant with a three-year contract.

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    West Virginia football offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has a three-year deal with the Mountaineers at an average salary of $750,000 per year, sou
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    #169827

    don’t see to many bonuses going out there.

    #169856

    Nice to see him wrapped up for 3 years.  Lower Tier 10k and W 5k are low hanging fruit on the bonus scale for all coaches.   I’m sure there are other bonuses laid out for his contract only.

    #169860

    West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson was the third-highest paid assistant coach and second-highest paid defensive coordinator in in Big 12 during 2018 with a salary of $901,000. That figure ranks 26th nationally among all college assistant coaches.

    Gibson second-highest paid DC in Big 12; WVU staff ranks fifth overall

    Vic Koenning was set to make $650k before leaving the program.

     

    #169864

    You get what you pay for.  …….  most of the time.  We need to go after more highly talented coaches.  Coaches that have success.  Coaches that can recruit.   ……  AND PAY THEM.  We’ll get that back in Wins and Wins bring more fans to the stadium.  An extra 5,000 fans X $50/ticket = 250,000 X 6 games = $1.5M for the year in just seats.  Additional 5,000 tix isn’t that much of a stretch for a winning program.

    #169867

    exactly

    #169874

    If he can change the dynamics at my alma mater then it’s champ change. Maybe Shane pressured Neal into bringing in someone who knows how to run an offense? I can’t wait to see what happens in September, October, November and, if the fates are kind, December or January.

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