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College Football's Assistant Coaches Seeing Sweeter Futures
CNBC.com | January 07, 2009 | 10:08 AM EST

The road to the top is getting a whole lot sweeter for college football's assistant coaches.

Two things have happened recently that led to skyrocketing salaries. The first factor was the coach-in-waiting idea. Hoping to establish some sort of continuity, teams with aging coaches have named assistants as future head coaches.

It's already happened at Texas, where at some point in the foreseeable Mack Brown will be replaced by the school's current defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Muschamp got a raise to $900,000 for the "coach—in—waiting" title. At Florida State, Bobby Bowden's coach—in—waiting is also the school's offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. If Fisher isn't the head coach by Jan. 2011, FSU boosters must pay him $2.5 million.

The second factor is named Monte Kiffin. After his son Lane got the job at Tennessee, Kiffin left his job as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take the job at Tennessee.

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