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Highest paid coach in the Mountain West? Not Boise State’s Harsin

USA Today released its annual coaches salary database Wednesday, and among the usual notable facts and figures is one recently-fired and one young Mountain West coach are the two highest-paid in the conference.

Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter, who was fired Sunday, has the largest salary at $1.548 million, followed by second-year Colorado State coach Mike Bobo at $1.45 million. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, in his third season, is third at $1.3 million. Harsin is 69th among the 119 coaches listed.

Here are the Mountain West coaches’ annual salaries, according to the database:

Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State: $1,548,480

Mike Bobo, Colorado State: $1,450,000

Bryan Harsin, Boise State: $1,300,004

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: $909,000

Troy Calhoun, Air Force: $885,000

Bob Davie, New Mexico: $823,940

Rocky Long, San Diego State: $810,632

Matt Wells, Utah State: $800,000

Brian Polian, Nevada: $578,000

Ron Caragher, San Jose State: $546,745

Tony Sanchez, UNLV: $510,000

Nick Rolovich, Hawaii: $400,008


Senior defensive end Sam McCaskill played all 80 snaps against the BYU offense on Thursday and also was in on the PAT and field goal block units.

“There were a lot of guys that didn’t really come out in that game, I think it’s just something as a player, we take it on ourselves: we want to be out there,” McCaskill said. “There was never kind of a boring part in the game.”

Check out video from the win over BYU, plus video interviews with McCaskill and sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien above and click here for our fan’s guide for Saturday’s game at Wyoming.


Wyoming junior offensive tackle Ryan Cummings will miss Saturday’s game, and likely the rest of the season, with a foot injury. The Cowboys have used the same starting five on the offensive line in all seven games this season. Cummings has started the last 26 games.


Speaking of USA Today, the site posted a story on college football’s crazy numbers this far this season. Among them, a focus on Boise State junior running back Jeremy McNichols:

“There are two FBS players who have scored 16 TDs. You’ve probably heard of one of them — Lamar Jackson. The other is Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols. The Broncos’ top backfield threat has 12 rushing scores and caught four more TDs. Now, he can’t quite match the Louisville signal caller’s total of 34 scores altogether since Jackson has 18 TD passes to go with his rushing scores. But McNichols does have a very nice total of 1,287 yards from scrimmage.”


Michael Katz and I will host our weekly live chat at 10 a.m. Thursday on

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