FSU Football Coaches Get Big Pay Spikes

We talked about the pay of certain basketball coaches earlier this morning

…and we highlighted this Chuck Amato situation late last week (see 850TheBuzz’s comments today)…

…so, we thought it would make some sense to blend the two and talk about the coin that Florida State football coaches are now pulling down. (OK, we admit that it is really CBS that is interested in the topic. We are just using the recent entries to lead into the topic).

CBSSportsline.com recently ran a very interesting article focusing on the role of booster funds as compensation for the FSU coaches. You can read the entire article by clicking here.

Money raised by Florida State’s booster organization will be used to nearly double the pay of one new assistant football coach and increase another’s by 50 percent, according to copies of contracts released Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, whose base salary from the university is $215,000, will get $210,000 from the Athletic Development Fund raised by the Seminole Boosters.

The extra money is compensation for additional duties not required to draw his base pay, including fundraising, speeches, radio and television shows and public relations contacts with alumni, supporters and civic and community groups, official said.

Bowden hired Fisher, formerly offensive coordinator at LSU, to replace his son, Jeff Bowden. The younger Bowden, who drew fan and media criticism for Florida State’s poor offense the past few years, announced his resignation two days after the Seminoles lost at home 30-0 to Wake Forest.

Florida State’s boosters also are paying $537,000 to the younger Bowden as part of his resignation deal.

A lot has been made of Florida State’s new all-star coaching staff after the arrival of Jimbo Fisher and Chuck Amato. Make no mistake, SFN expects a large jump in the quality of Florida State football in the coming years.

We should have waited just a couple of more days and we would have had this article fom SI about how Bobby Bowden has re-tooled Florida State’s coaching staff and is excited about the 2007 season.

Contrary to what some diehards believe, the mere presence of Fisher and the other new coaches — Dawsey, former FSU running back Dexter Carter (running backs), highly regarded West Virginia offensive line coach Rick Trickett and longtime former Bowden assistant/NC State head coach Chuck Amato — will not in of itself send the ‘Noles vaulting back to the national championship game. Just from watching practice, it’s apparent FSU, which has been beset by injuries the past couple seasons, still lacks the quality depth it once possessed, particularly at receiver, offensive line and linebacker.

In addition, this fall’s schedule is so brutal — road trips to Florida, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado and defending ACC champ Wake Forest, plus home or neutral-site games against Miami and Alabama — that even a much-improved ‘Noles squad might not win significantly more games.

What’s also apparent, however, is that FSU’s long, six-year nightmare is over. With Fisher in charge, the ‘Noles’ offensive production will quickly start heading in the other direction.

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44 Responses to FSU Football Coaches Get Big Pay Spikes

  1. choppack1 04/10/2007 at 1:52 PM #

    Bo – It depends on how well the offense does.

  2. ncsu96 04/10/2007 at 2:04 PM #

    rawfs-best wishes on your recovery. btw, love your comments on 850blog.
    It will be interesting to watch Fisher from afar, there’s a big LSU fan in my office who was most definitely not a fan. JaMarcus Russell looks like he will be #1 pick in the draft, and I thought was held back a bit by LSU playcalling. Not so sure he will be bobby’s succesor…

  3. highonlowe 04/10/2007 at 2:08 PM #

    Tudor would still rather talk/write about the Heels than about the Wolfpack, but I agree that he done a good job this past year. Despite his blue blood, he understands the tradition of NC State and the promise that Coach Lowe and Coach O’Brien bring to Raliegh, and has written fairly about us recently.

  4. highonlowe 04/10/2007 at 2:16 PM #

    Regarding Jimbo as FSU HC, it really depends on the timing of Bowden’s retirement. Obviously I don’t know the guy, but Fisher seems like one who wants the position of HC. If FSU wins another ACC title (which IMO is very possible with this staff) and Bowden doesn’t retire, Fisher is gone.

  5. choppack1 04/10/2007 at 2:20 PM #

    “JaMarcus Russell looks like he will be #1 pick in the draft, and I thought was held back a bit by LSU playcalling.”

    From what I’ve read about JaMarcus there is the possibility that he was the reason the play calling was simplistic. This isn’t a bad thing either – you don’t want offense to be too complex – even if the QB gets it, it won’t work if the other 10 guys get it as well.

  6. Cosmo96 04/10/2007 at 2:24 PM #

    Alpha Wolf/RAWFS,

    I hope your recovery goes well and you’re back to 100% soon. I’m looking forward to the website being active again, as I was also curious as to why there has been no activity for a while. Thankfully, you’re still with us. Again, all the best in your recovery.

    Also, I agree with ncsu96, your comments on the 850blog were spot on, IMO.

  7. highonlowe 04/10/2007 at 2:28 PM #

    ^and I can absolutely see Bobby coaching until he’s 104, like Joe P.

  8. noah 04/10/2007 at 2:35 PM #

    Jamarcus Russell — not the #1 draft pick of NASA.

  9. ncsu96 04/10/2007 at 2:56 PM #

    sorry about the bold guys, I finally figured out its the dumb dashes.

    choppack, good point. I guess we’ll find out in the fall what kinda of oc fisher is, and possibly what kind of qb russell is in nfl…should be fun to watch especially since we’re bystanders.

  10. CarnifeX 04/10/2007 at 2:57 PM #

    Jamarcus Russell is a nappy headed ho.

    Too soon?

  11. StateFans 04/10/2007 at 3:22 PM #

    HOLY CRAP, RAWFS!?!?!?!

    I had no idea!!!

    You are in our prayers. Please don’t hesitate to let me/us know if there is anything with which we can be of service?

    Give me a call/email sometime in the future when you feel up to it and let’s discuss some things.

  12. old13 04/10/2007 at 4:33 PM #

    I’m glad that RAWFS will be back. Sorry about the trouble. Hope it all works out for you!

  13. highstick 04/10/2007 at 10:04 PM #

    RAWFS, sure hope you didn’t let any “Carolina Doctors” touch you!

  14. RAWFS 04/11/2007 at 8:37 AM #

    Thanks again everyone and let me comment on Carolina doctors:

    First of all, the ENT that came to the wreck was a State grad, and he’s a smarter guy than I am — he kindly insisted to give me a ride to Western Wake after the accident, and he made sure that I didn’t have to sit in the waiting room after we got there. Along the way, knowing that I may have had a concussion, he kept me talking the whole ride by talking about one thing we both love: Wolfpack sports.

    The doctor there was also a State BS — I forget her name — but she did go to med school at our brother institution. Naturally, she too was a Pack fan. When your blood runs Wolfpack red it will always run Wolfpack red, I think. Still though, she spent some time over in Chapel Hill, and she learned her craft very well over there. At that point, I didn’t care where she did post-grad and was very happy she was well-trained and kind. Some things are more important than sports and rivalries.

    It turned out that I had a crushed nose and some sinus damage, and a very slight concussion, but no cracked noggin or any dain bramage. The UNC doc kept me away from expensive MRI’s or CT scans that night and sent me home in time to watch the Pack win a ball game. Too bad I had tickets for that game and didn’t make it.

    The ENT who did the surgeries was a UVA guy, but one of the best doctors I’ve ever known, because he’s been nothing but straight up and he’s done a whale of a job fixing the damage done by the car’s airbag. Let me tell you, Mike Tyson couldn’t have smacked me harder, but that smack was what kept me from what could have been far worse.

    Anyhow, the nurses at the surgery center (Healthsouth off of Lake Boone) were ALL UNC nurses. Did they give me grief about the Pack? You betcha. It was two days after Carolina survived us in the ACCT.

    But it was all good natured (they called me Pack Man) and when it came to doing their jobs, they did it spot on and can’t be thanked enough. Thing is, we may “hate” Carolina on game day, but when it comes to their grads from their medical school doing work on us, you can’t ask for better. That’s not enough to make me ever wear a UNC hat, or for that matter ever say “Go Heels” but when I see a doctor or nurse that has a UNC degree on their wall, I do rest easier knowing that they’ve gone to a great institution and are well trained and competent, like some other schools I shan’t name that I wouldn’t let one of their docs within a yard of me.

    So, nowadays, I’m pretty close to back to normal, save for the headaches, and am going to start back on the RAWFS blog. I stayed away from it for some time until I could get back to the rhythmm of normal work weeks (and lord, did I have some catching up to do) and away from any Vicodin fueled rants that might embarrass me or NC State and its fine fans.

  15. pack80 04/11/2007 at 9:01 AM #

    Glad you’re back RAWFS! Missed ya, not the same without ya. Looking forward to seeing your awesome web site back up and running strong.

  16. packbackr04 04/11/2007 at 2:52 PM #


  17. Packaholic1 04/11/2007 at 6:42 PM #

    “…burned through assistants like Britney Spears does with rehab stints,”

    Has anyone done an analysis of this (unsubstantiated) allegation that I keep reading? Was there really a larger turnover of assistants at State than elsewhere in the ACC, or is this more blow bs?


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