COLUMN: Chad Morris ‘Arkansas’ other hands

It could be said that it was the worst coach in the history of CSS, Chad Morris – with the help of his new employer – a way to bring another loss to Arkansas.

A former coach of the Razorbacks, who failed any of his 14 CSS games to win and lost as much as he lost as full winners in Group Five, staying in the division as Auburn’s new aggressive coordinator.

More than two months after his friend and native Arkansas joined, Gus Malzahn, Morris’ contract was eventually issued to the Tigers. According to numerous outlets in Alabama, he signed a three-year agreement worth $ 735,000 a year.

That’s a total $ 2.205 million, which offset the $ 10.1 million purchase due to it for the final four years of its contract by Arkansas.

Although it reduces the cost of Razorbacks by 21.8 per cent, Auburn meets Morris’s new treaty ‘. A close look at the conference shows that the Tigers are using to buy to supplement their income, saving them money in the process.

Salary $ 735,000 of Morris…

… To be ranked 63th nationally and 26th in the SEC among assistant coaches in 2019, according to the USA Today database.

… Less than all salary co-ordinators called the SEC would only be called 12 in 2019, except Florida, Arkansas and Auburn only. A pair of coordinators at the Gators were making $ 1.2 million combined, and the Razorbacks and Tigers paid their offensive coordinators $ 600,000 and $ 500,000, respectively. (Mississippi State did not have a coordinator attacked and Vanderbilt is not required to release salary information as a private institution.)

… Much lower than the average ($ 1.16 million) and the average salary ($ 912,500) of CSS offensive coordinators in 2019, when the salaries of Florida coordinators are combined.

… It will be much lower than the average ($ 1.13 million) and the median ($ 1.1 million) of the other nine SECs corresponding salaries for 2020, when the salaries of Florida coordinators are combined. (There will be no offensive coordinators at Mississippi State and Missouri, Jeff Lebby’s salary was not released by Ole Miss and Vanderbilt is a private institution, again.)

… He will make him the fifth former SMT coach as SEC co-ordinator for the past five seasons and earns less than $ 900,000 a year, and the other 13 have done so much. The other exceptions are Arkansas Enos ($ 575,000) Arkansas, who came from Central Michigan; Paul Rhoads Arkansas ($ 700,000), arrived from Iowa State; Mike DeBord ($ 505,000) of Tennessee, who was a pioneering coach in Central Michigan 12 years earlier; and Darrell Dickey of his Texas A & M ($ 800,000), who was a dominant coach in Northern Texas 12 years earlier.

This is not new in college football. It happens across the country, even at Arkansas as late as two years ago, when John Chavis paid $ 995,000 to become a Razorbacks defense coordinator in 2018. It was reported that his salary that year received a subsidy through his purchase with Texas A&M and was given promptly rising to $ 1.5 million for 2019.

However, what the Arkansas fans should do is specifically exclude that Morris’ dealings with the school. The offset clause in its contract states that it is “obliged to maximize its earning potential with a new employer by seeking comparable employment for its services at a rate of compensation of no less than market value and in line with compensation rates for similar positions in the particular industry when received. such employment. ”

The numbers listed above give the impression that Morris and Auburn clearly contravened that part of his contract. However, HawgBeat was told that a number of other factors entered the Tiger to pay off $ 735,000 annually.

Firstly, Auburn was paying his previous offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, only $ 500,000. This means that Morris is making 47 per cent more than his predecessor.

In addition, the “similar” part of the clause is broad and can be extended to include the rest of the Power Power, not just the SEC. While his salary at the end is low in this conference, it is comparable to those in the ACC, Big 12, Ben Ten and PAC-12.

These two points can be easily occupied.

Abusive co-ordinator in title was basically in Dillingham because Malzahn publicly accepted a call-play in 2019. This will not be so in Morris’s case, Malzahn already said that he calls for the Tigers next season.

“My opinion, Chad Morris, is one of the best offensive intent in college football,” Malzahn said last month. “It’s to make our contribution and it’s going to be running with it. I am very excited about that. ”

Before Dillingham, Chip Lindsey was the co-ordinator of Auburn’s attacks and plays it. According to USA Today, it was paid $ 1.1 million in 2018.

It is also worth noting that Morris has a completely different resume than Dillingham, who was a 28-year-old man who was only two years SMT assistant. Both of these years were aggressive co-ordinators at Memphis, which meant that he had little experience or even the remote coordinator of Arkansas, Joe Craddock.

Morris was a pioneering coach for five seasons – three at SMU and two at Arkansas – and was previously the highest paid assistant coach at Clemson’s aggressive co-ordinator, making $ 1.3 million. As mentioned above, coaches with a similar background usually contact them – if not exceeded – seven figures as SEC co-ordinators, regardless of their success as head coaches.

Thinking about co-ordinators in the ACP, Big 12 and Pac-12 as “similar jobs” because they have power that five conferences are not really accurate. Economic ties are growing between these strands and the SEC and Big Ten due to the huge television revenues generated.

This was on display earlier this month when Michigan State was able to hire Mel Tucker away from Colorado by hoping to double his salaries, which the Buffaloes were unable to do.

Although he is unlikely to be hired by another school because of the sudden disappearance and burning of him in Arkansas, Morris is still obliged to pursue comparable positions – meaning that there is a SMT commander coaching position.

Instead, the Razorbacks are still on the car to reach almost $ 7.9 million over the next four years, and the possibility of a fourth bigger season if Morris deals with Auburn.

If he had appeared to be a fair compensation based on all the above numbers from the Tigers, he could have saved a quarter of a million dollars a year.


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