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Nick Rolovich’s contract: 5 years, ‘nearly $3 million’ per report

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That would place him roughly middle of the pack in the conference.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Hawaii at Boise State Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

School Coach Pay
School Coach Pay
Stanford David Shaw $4,613,707
Utah Kyle Whittingham $4,002,917
UCLA Chip Kelly $3,500,000
Southern California Clay Helton $3,218,935
Washington Jimmy Lake $3,000,000
Washington State Nick Rolovich $2,900,000
California Justin Wilcox $2,854,000
Oregon Mario Cristobal $2,600,000
Colorado Mel Tucker $2,400,000
Arizona State Herm Edwards $2,380,000
Arizona Kevin Sumlin $2,000,000
Oregon State Jonathan Smith $1,900,008
2019 salaries; Nick Rolovich and Jimmy Lake salaries are for 2020 USA Today

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.