UM's Drevno, Durkin will make $800K

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
D.J. Durkin will make $800,000 in 2014, plus $50,000 in deferred compensation.

Michigan's assistant football coaching staff will fall in the salary range that new coach Jim Harbaugh's contract laid out.

Harbaugh, formally introduced as Michigan's new coach in late December, has a pool of $4 million-$5 million to spread among nine assistant coaches. Those contracts were released Friday through a public records request, and including bonuses, the staff will make a combined total of about $4.3 million.

Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, who also will coach the offensive line, and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who will coach linebackers, each signed a three-year contract and will make $800,000 a year plus $50,000 per year in deferred compensation.

Greg Mattison, who had been defensive coordinator the last four seasons under former coach Brady Hoke, signed a two-year deal that will pay $500,000 per year in addition to a $200,000 signing bonus. Should he leave Michigan early, he will owe the school $100,000. Mattison was to make $875,500 this season under his previous contract.

Only Drevno, Durkin and special teams coordinator John Baxter signed three-year deals. Five coaches signed two-year contracts, while Jedd Fisch, the passing game coordinator, has a one-year deal worth $200,000.

Baxter will make $350,000 this fall, and his salary will increase $25,000 in each of the next two years of his contract.

Tyrone Wheatley, the former Michigan running back, most recently coached on the Buffalo Bills staff. He will coach running backs for his alma mater and will make $335,000 this season and bump to $365,000 next season.

Secondary coach Greg Jackson will make $300,000 this year, and $365,000 and, like Mattison, he has a signing bonus and a buyout of equal amounts — $50,000.

Michael Zordich, who also will coach the secondary, will make $287,000 this fall and $295,000 next season.

Harbaugh hired his son, Jay, away from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was a quality control coach for his uncle, John Harbaugh. Harbaugh, who will coach tight ends and work as an assistant special teams coach, also has a two-year contract. He will make $175,000 this year and $200,000 next season.

Details of Jim Harbaugh's contract recently were released, and that included the $4 million-$5 million pool for his nine assistant coaches, excluding the strength coach. Harbaugh will make $7 million his first season, including a $2 million signing bonus. He will make a minimum of 40.1 million over seven years, not including the numerous incentives in his contract.