Published Sunday, May 19, 2013 AT 10:10 AM / Updated at 10:10 AM
Tim Beck Big Ten’s highest-paid offensive coordinator
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

A Detroit Free Press story Sunday found that Nebraska’s assistant coaching salary pool of $2,648,500 is third in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Ohio State, while offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s salary of $700,000 is second only to Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who makes $750,000. Ohio State’s Luke Fickell made $750,000 last year, but apparently $150,000 of that salary was tied to compensation left over from Fickell’s one, doomed year as interim coach.

Ohio State has by far the largest assistant coaching salary pool at $3.416 million. Michigan is just ahead of NU at $2.805 million.

But other Big Ten schools, presumably flush with Big Ten Network money, aren’t far behind the Huskers. All but Indiana has a salary pool of $2 million or more. Northwestern, a private school, doesn’t have to cough up its records, but it’s unlikely the Wildcats surpass one of the top schools.

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