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Boise State football assistants to make $2.1 million in 2015

The Boise State football assistant coaches will make $2,105,109 in base salary this year – a 2.6 percent increase over last year.

The total is under the $2.2 million that coach Bryan Harsin was guaranteed as part of the contract he agreed to in December 2013. That’s because he is using some of the money to supplement the salaries of other employees on the football staff.

Last year, the nine full-time assistants made $2.05 million. They also received $120,000 in contractual bonuses based on the Broncos’ on-field success. The school added another $100,000 in one-time bonuses, announced the same day Harsin’s updated contract was approved by the State Board in February.

The $2.05 million was the largest salary pool for assistant coaches in the lower-revenue Group of Five conferences, according to USA Today’s salary database. It ranked just outside the top 50 overall.

Harsin will make $1 million for the second straight season.

The biggest changes in this year’s contracts were the three-year deal for defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, a first for a Boise State assistant, and the promotion of tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz to offensive coordinator. That resulted in Drinkwitz nearly doubling his salary. Drinkwitz didn’t receive a multi-year contract because this is his first season as a coordinator, a school official said.

Below are this year’s salaries and how they compare to last year. The coaches also get a $2,000 bonus for making the Mountain West championship game, a $3,000 bowl bonus or 5 percent bonus for making a College Football Playoff game, an academic bonus of $2,000 to $5,000 and use of a car.

You can view the contracts through the link on the right side of this page. The Idaho Statesman obtained the contracts through a public records request.

2015 staff

Marcel Yates, defensive coordinator, $330,013 (+$12,501)^

Eliah Drinkwitz, offensive coordinator/QBs, $300,020 (+$140,005)*

Scott Huff, offensive line, $270,005 (same)

Kent Riddle, associate head coach/special teams/tight ends, $265,013 (+14,997)

Steve Caldwell, assistant head coach/defensive line, $230,007 (+$10,005)

Andy Avalos, linebackers, $225,015 (+14,997)

Junior Adams, wide receivers, $185,016 (+$25,001)

Julius Brown, defensive backs, $175,012 (+14,997)

Lee Marks, running backs, $125,008 (new to coaching staff)

^ Received three-year contract.

* Promoted from tight ends coach. Last year’s offensive coordinator, Mike Sanford, made $305,012.