Washington will spend more than $3 million on its assistant football coaches’ salaries in 2014.
The school released salary information Monday for eight of UW’s new assistant coaches, who will be paid a combined total of $3.075 million in the first year of their two-year contracts.
That’s without factoring in the salary of tight ends coach Jordan Paopao, the only coach retained from Steve Sarkisian’s staff, whose new deal has not yet been finalized.
Pete Kwiatkowski, UW’s new defensive coordinator under new coach Chris Petersen, will be the highest-paid assistant in 2014 at a salary of $485,000.
Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, offensive line coach Chris Strausser and linebackers coach Bob Gregory will each be paid $425,000 in 2014.
Washington’s assistant coaches in 2013 earned a total of just more than $2.8 million, topped by former defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox’s salary of $800,000.
Petersen will earn a school-record $3.2 million in the first year of his five-year, $18 million deal.
CREE LEAVES TEAM
Washington defensive end Connor Cree has decided to leave the program, the UW confirmed Monday.
Cree, who played at Skyline High School, recorded 11 tackles and a sack in his third-year sophomore season. He played in 12 games in 2013.
Cree is the third known player to depart the program since the end of the regular season.
Defensive back Cleveland Wallace left the team before its bowl game, and offensive lineman Erik Kohler retired from football for medical reasons.
Arizona All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
The hard-hitting running back ranked third in the nation in rushing with 1,885 yards, just ahead of UW back Bishop Sankey’s 1,870 yards. Carey was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and leaves as Arizona’s all-time leading rusher with 4,332 yards.
All-American left guard David Yankey will forego his final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the draft, as will Arizona State defensive end/outside linebacker Carl Bradford.
Also going pro are a trio of LSU players, including its top rusher and receiver.
In separate statements Monday, sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, junior receiver Jarvis Landry and sophomore right guard Trai Turner declared for the draft from LSU.
STIPENDS ON THE WAY?
College football players from the five major conferences are one step closer to receiving stipends.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday there is a “reasonable chance” players in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC will receive the full cost of attendance if the conferences are granted autonomy after the upcoming NCAA convention.
Emmert, the former UW president from Fife, said he believes giving stipends to athletes is “less controversial” and “less threatening” than in previous years.
University of Texas regents approved a five-year contract for new coach Charlie Strong worth more than $25 million. Strong filled eight of nine assistant coaching jobs Monday, including luring defensive line coach Chris Rumph away from Alabama. Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker died Monday, though the reason was unknown, school spokesman Steve Roe said. He was 72. The NCAA granted Memphis running back Brandon Hayes a sixth year of eligibility.