When Mike Breske was fired, one of the immediate questions when WSU started looking for a successor was how much could the Cougars pay. Luring a top-end assistant doesn't come cheap. While new coordinator Alex Grinch will make more than Mike Breske, WSU didn't break the bank with the new hires.
According to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review, Grinch will make $425,000.04 next season while new outside linebacker coach Roy Manning will make $236,500.08. Grinch's salary makes him the highest-paid assistant on the staff and is slightly less than $50,000 more than what Breske made last season, according to the USA Today salary database. Manning will be the fourth-highest paid assistant if the 2014 salaries for the other assistants remain the same. Manning's salary is a slight decrease from the $239,200 he made at Michigan last season, but a sizable increase from former outside linebacker coach Paul Volero's $181,500 salary.
The Cougars, however, may not have a massive jump in overall assistant salary. Eric Russell made $251,500 last season. He was replaced by Eric Mele who had the interim tag removed from his title. Let's assume Mele is the lowest-paid coach on the staff. His numbers weren't part of Thorpe's report, but for the sake of argument, let's say he makes what Volero made last season. That would mean Grinch and Manning combine for a salary of $661,500 or $33,500 more than what Russell and Breske combined to make last season. An increase, but far from breaking the budget.
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