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Utah football: Chow takes pay cut, but he's still highest-paid assistant

Published February 9, 2011 7:53 pm

Utah football • Offensive coordinator takingcut, but he'll make more than other assistants.
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The University of Utah got a bargain in hiring Norm Chow, once one of the highest-paid assistants in college football.

Chow, whose annual salary package at UCLA was worth $640,000 according to USA Today's database, signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Utes through June 2013 that will pay him $275,000 per year. Chow's contract was finalized Wednesday.

While far below his UCLA earnings, Chow will earn much more than any of Utah's current assistants.

Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was the highest-paid assistant, earning $170,000 a year, while past offensive co-coordinators Aaron Roderick and Dave Schramm have two-year deals worth $160,000 each.

In addition to his base salary, Chow will receive supplemental compensation worth one month's salary if the team advances to any bowl game and $20,000 if the Utes advance to a BCS bowl game.

While the additional one-month's salary is standard in all the assistant coaches' contracts, the additional $20,000 for a BCS bowl is unique to Chow's.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham receives an additional $200,000 if the Utes reach a BCS game.

Other bonuses that are unique to Chow's contract and not the other assistants' include the use of a courtesy car for work-related business and six complimentary premium seats and six complimentary end-zone seats to each home game and four complimentary tickets to each road game. He will receive six tickets to any bowl game in which the Utes play.






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