Possible changes to the coaching staff seem like they might be on hold for now, at least until the American Football Coaches Association’s convention Jan. 6-9 in Nashville, where it’s possible Frank Beamer could talk to a number of potential candidates in one location.
As for the report that Kevin Sherman will be heading to Purdue, new Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell decided to stick with Kent State through the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile against Arkansas State, which is Sunday. It’d be surprising in his dual coaching role if Hazell made any official staff announcements before then.
Then there’s the three players who are considering their NFL options – Logan Thomas, James Gayle and Antone Exum. All three have gotten their feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Now they have until Jan. 15 to enter their name in the draft, presumably after some discussion with trusted family and friends.
So for now, everyone waits. In the meantime, Beamer began his new four-year contract on Jan. 1, one that he had agreed to in September of 2011. It calls for him to be paid $2,491,616 before bonuses this year, which is still a relative bargain in the coaching profession.
Just this offseason, Arkansas gave Brett Bielema $3.2 million annually, Auburn gave Gus Malzahn $2.3 million annually, Kentucky gave Mark Stoops $2.2 million annually (with an potentially lucrative bonus setup) and Tennessee gave Butch Jones $2.95 million annually. None of those coaches are anywhere close to Beamer’s 258 career wins.
Even within the ACC, Beamer’s salary is still on par or lower than many of his colleagues. According to a USA Today database, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher ($2.75 million), UVa’s Mike London ($2.556 million) UNC’s Larry Fedora ($2.448 million) and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson ($2.445 million) made comparable figures in 2012 and probably will receive some sort of contractually obligated pay bump in 2013.
Here’s a breakdown of Beamer’s pay this year:
- Base salary – $285,944
- Retention incentive – $2,020,672 (for Hokie Club appearances, university PR functions, radio and TV appearances)
- Nike and IMG contracts – $185,000
Other than a slight pay bump, the contract is almost identical to his previous one, except for the post-head coach employment section, which states Beamer will be appointed to special advisor to the athletic director upon his retirement, with an annual salary of $250,000 for eight years.
The bonus structure and assistant raise pool is identical to the previous contract. By playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Beamer is due a $50,000 bonus. Coordinators Bud Foster and Bryan Stinespring are due a $50,000 bonus. Associate head coach Shane Beamer is due a $25,000 bonus. The other seven assistant coaches, assistant AD for athletic performance Mike Gentry and associate AD for football operations John Ballein are due a $20,000 bonus. Equipment manager Lester Karlin and trainer Mike Goforth are due 1.5 months salary, per the contract.
Because the Hokies made the Russell Athletic Bowl, the assistant coaches are due a 7 percent raise from their previous year’s salary (the contract says 7 percent for an appearance in the Gator or Peach bowls, although it’s actually in reference to the 2nd and 3rd-ranked ACC bowls, which have changed over the life of the contract).
Applying that to last year’s salaries, here’s what the assistant coaches’ salaries will look like in 2013, assuming all are retained:
- Bud Foster: $504,785
- Bryan Stinespring: $374,478
- Mike O’Cain: $270,470
- Charley Wiles: $261,662
- Curt Newsome: $227,538
- Shane Beamer: $216,703
- Cornell Brown: $216,703
- Torrian Gray: $216,703
- Kevin Sherman: $216,664