New Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, left, and head coach Brady Hoke talk to the media at a news conference in January. (Steve Perez / Detroit News)
Michigan is continuing its trend of paying its football coordinators handsomely, and now has two of the top six paid assistants nationally based on last seasonís salary figures.
New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, hired last month after two seasons at Alabama, will make $830,000 this year, according to his contract released Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act filing.
He signed the deal last Friday.
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Nussmeierís base salary this season is $280,000, and increases to $310,000 and $330,000, with additional compensation of $550,000 each season.
There is a one-time stay bonus of $200,000 if he remains on the staff through Jan. 31, 2017.
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison earned $851,400 last season, and according to salary statistics compiled by USA Today, that ranked fourth nationally. Former Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, fired in early January after the Wolverines 7-6 season, earned $709,300, ninth overall.
Nussmeier made $681,500 at Alabama last season. His salary at Michigan would rank sixth among last seasonís statistics.
There are postseason bonuses, as well. If Michigan makes any bowl, he will receive $25,000.
If the Wolverines participate in the Capital One or Outback Bowl, itís a $40,000 bonus, a conference championship game appearance is worth $100,000 and a victory in the conference championship game would be a $150,000 bonus.
If Nussmeier is fired, he will be paid the outstanding base salary.
Coach Brady Hoke said he took several days after the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss to evaluate his staff before firing Borges. That was the only change Hoke made, although he recently announced the shuffling of defensive assignments.
Hoke said he knew of Nussmeier, 43, from the time he was a quarterback at Idaho and won the Walter Payton Award.
Nussmeier worked as a quarterbacks coach at Michigan State under former coach John L. Smith, who had coached Nussmeier at Idaho. He spent the last two seasons at Alabama as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
ďHe was a guy I had a lot of interest in and knew well enough, had tracked him well enough that when I made a change, I wanted it to be the best,Ē Hoke said.