How Indiana distributed $2 million dollars, and how much it cost to fire Bill Lynch

As promised, Indiana was very aggressive in hiring an assistant coaching staff to work under first-year coach Kevin Wilson.

Athletics director Fred Glass supplied a $2 million pool for Wilson to work with, and the latter did just that — using $1.95 million to hire nine assistant coaches.

Co-defensive coordinators Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory are the highest-earners on the staff, each earning $300,000, according to information provided by Indiana University to the Herald-Times through a FOIA request.

Kevin Johns will make $250,000 as co-offensive coordinator, along with Rod Smith ($240,000).

Greg Frey, hired from Michigan to coach the offensive line, is the highest-salaried among the position coaches at $220,000. Mark Hagen was brought in from Purdue to coach the defensive tackles and run special teams — he’ll make $180,000. Brett Diersen will make $160,000 as defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator, while Deland McCullough (running backs) and Brandon Shelby (cornerbacks) round out the staff at $150,000 each.

Coming from a separate pool is the salaries of the strength & conditioning hires, as well as the new man in football operations. Mark Hill will make $160,000 with William Peoples at $60,000 and Lewis Satchell at $50,000.

Billy Ray Johnson, hired from Oklahoma to work with Mark Deal in football operations, will make $110,000.

Also released was the final bill from Neinas Sports Services, which consulted with athletics director Fred Glass throughout the search. Neinas charged a flat $40,000 fee — that’s in line with previously reported fees for his services — as well as $1,076.81 for airfare, hotel, parking and mileage related to a trip to Chicago on Nov. 30 to conduct interviews.

That date comes eight days after Indiana fired Bill Lynch.

Speaking of Lynch, the University released his exit agreement. In line with his original contract, Indiana will pay Lynch the remainder of his base salary and benefits through the final year of his contract (Dec. 31, 2011). It also paid $12,6000 in scheduled supplemental pay and covered him for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Senior Bowl.

But because Lynch pursued and found another position in athletics — as associate athletic director of development at Butler — the university is on the hook for only the difference in compensation. From the agreement:

If Employee is employed elsewhere post-termination in a comparable employment position …. then University’s obligation to pay Employee as set forth in Section 6.02.A. or G. shall be reduced by Employee’s total compensation.

Since Butler is a private school and, thus, is not required to release salary information, it is not immediately clear what, if any, difference there is between Lynch’s base salary of $250,000.

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  1. I would say, that obviously throwing more money at the football has got to make an immediate impact… but then I remembered our high paid basketball coaches and I cried a little

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