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Posted on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 8:38 p.m.

Greg Mattison making $750,000 as Michigan's defensive coordinator

By Staff

New Michigan football coach Brady Hoke made a splash when he coaxed Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to fill the same role on the Wolverines' coaching staff.

Associated Press sports writer Larry Lage reported today that Michigan made a big financial commitment to get him.

Mattison's base salary is $250,000 and he'll make $500,000 in additional compensation for an annual salary of $750,000. There's also an opportunity for bonuses up to $150,000 if Michigan wins a Big Ten title. The AP obtained Mattison's two-year contract through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges is the second-highest paid assistant at $350,000 per year.

By comparison, the AP reports that defensive coordinator Greg Robinson made $273,000, and offensive coordinator Calvin Magee made $285,000 last season, under Rich Rodriguez.


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Sun, Feb 27, 2011 : 3:15 a.m.

Lets see what is better: 3 mil + 250K to a lousy HC who only knows offense and a bad DC or 2.5 mil + 750K to a coach who understands what it takes to win in the Big Ten and an NFL caliber DC


Sat, Feb 26, 2011 : 10:34 p.m.

Whether the salary is $250K or $750K, you should still be able to recruit and coach. Coaches don't pay for their own recruiting expenses - there is a budget for that - and you can live quite well with $250K in Ann Arbor. Not able attracting a coordinator with that kind of money is lame excuse. If a DC or OC needing $500K or more to come to U of M, there is serious problem with the program.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

Does anyone know if contract negotiations for assistant coaches falls in Brandon's lap, or does Hoke as head coach get involved in the actual salary decisions? Also, does anyone know for certain if U-M coaching staff salaries are paid from the general fund, or paid out of the athetic department fund? Football is a money-making venture for Michigan; in fact, one of the few sports that actually makes money. The others generally live off the profit from football. My guess is that football operations staff is paid out of the AD fund, which is fueled by sports (football) revenue. Anyone have a clear sense if this is true?


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 8:17 p.m.

Let's see, WCiMFH = $2.5M/yr * 3 yr + $2.5M UofM buyout + $2.5M UWV buyout on his behalf = $12.5M (almost $4.2M /yr for the time he was here). Looks like Mattison is a real bargain.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

Then you agree. Thank you!


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 5:39 p.m.

Somehow I knew this article would be the catalyst for yet another excuse for whatshisname's failure while at UM. He's gone ... he failed ... move on. Hokemania is here. Go Blue !

Blu n Tpa

Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 7:50 p.m.

Why do you ask questions but never answer them? I guess the WCiMFH should have thrown some dollars in a pot for his assistants. No wait, they weren't very experienced and no self respecting DC would take orders from that fool, so money was never an issue. That's why GRob never did post-game PCs. Not his "D", not his PC.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

So you're saying that you think RR would have hired Greg Robinson if given a $750k budget to hire a DC? Is that what you're saying?


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 3:10 p.m.

If coach Mattison and staff can get our defense back to what it used to be. He should be given the keys to the brinks truck.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 3 p.m.

No wonder they couldn't get a top notch DC to come in. We got what we paid for, period!

Blu n Tpa

Sat, Feb 26, 2011 : 11:27 a.m.

GettingBluer You forgot the $2 Million to defend his butt vs the NCAA. Plus the decline in Michigan gear revenue over the last 3 years. (Although I heard the SA made some nice coin selling 2nd-hand coaches wear. Unfortunately, they invested it in DTT stock. It's gone too.)

Blu n Tpa

Sat, Feb 26, 2011 : 11:19 a.m.

Art, who is "they"?


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 1:43 p.m.

Of course time will tell for sure, but I'm guessing the $750K is a very good investment. If Mattison can bring in superior defensive talent and shape them into a Big Ten championship caliber unit, he's well worth the money. I'm optimistic he'll be able to do that.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Borges should donate his salary to The King. It is only because of The King that we will: 1) score points, and 2) win games. CoB!


Sat, Feb 26, 2011 : 11:05 p.m.

whatshisname should donate the buyout and his future earnings to Hoke's staff.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 4:15 a.m.

Good news is coming. The U.S. won the cold war against the USSR by spending on defense at a level that the Soviet economy could not match. In the same way, we will also regain our rightful place as the leader in the state by seriously outspending our rivals. Keep them dollars coming alumni!!


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 1:33 p.m.

I don't know if that's the best analogy to use considering the excessive spending on the defense budget has caused severe long-term problems for our country as well.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 3:08 a.m.

Pay the Man! I wonder what the overall numbers are for the whole coaching staff. If Hoke is making less than RR, then the higher DC salary is not that big a deal.


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 2:53 a.m.

It's always been my guess that Greg Robinson was nowhere near Rich Rod's first choice as DC, but Robinson was the best he could get with the budget given to him by the University. I mean really. I know it's Michigan and all, but what do you expect to get when you're not even willing to pay a guy as much as Purdue, Minnesota, or Indiana is willing to play for a coordinator?

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Sun, Feb 27, 2011 : 3:16 a.m.

"Ill keeeepp holdin on...."


Sat, Feb 26, 2011 : 11:04 p.m.

Y-A-W-N Next!


Fri, Feb 25, 2011 : 2:44 a.m.

You may not get what you want but you do get what you pay for!