New Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich is set to sign a five-year deal worth “nearly $3 million” per year, according to a report by Yahoo!’s Pete Thamel.
If the salary is, say, $2.9 million, that would put Rolovich squarely in the median range of the Pac-12 coaches’ 2019 salaries, via the USA Today coaching salary database:
Pac-12 Football Salaries
|Southern California||Clay Helton||$3,218,935|
|Washington State||Nick Rolovich||$2,900,000|
|Arizona State||Herm Edwards||$2,380,000|
|Oregon State||Jonathan Smith||$1,900,008|
Rolovich was making $600,000 in his previous job as head coach of the Hawaii Warriors; WSU’s former coach, Mike Leach, was set to make $4 million this season with a $750,000 retention bonus.
The head coach salary only tells part of the story, however: There have been no reports on the assistant coach’s pool that Rolovich will have at his disposal to hire his staff. WSU’s previous assistant pool was nearly $3.5 million; it’s unclear if the decrease in salary from Leach to Rolovich is going to come with a commensurate increase in the assistant pool he’ll have to work with.
WSU is expected to make a formal announcement of Rolovich’s hiring on Tuesday.