According to a data base compiled by USA Today, Louisville's football assistants rank collectively as the 13th-highest paid in college football. A large part of that ranking is due to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who is the sixth-highest paid assistant of any sort in the country.
The salary of Grantham, who turned down an offer to be the Oakland Raiders' defensive coordinator last season to stay with U of L, is less than only coordinators Will Muschamp of Auburn ($1.6 million), Cam Cameron of LSU ($1.520 million), Kirby Smart of Alabama ($1.502 million), John Chavis of Texas A&M ($1.5 million) and Brent Venables of Clemson ($1.406 million).
U of L offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee, who makes $854,000 this season, is No. 19 on the USA Today list. He also received a raise after last season.
In all, Bobby Petrino's nine U of L assistants are making $3,779,800 this season.
The salaries for U of L's non-coordinators: offensive line coach Chris Klenakis, $304,800; inside linebackers/special teams coach Tony Grantham, $303,000; safeties coach/recruiting coordinator Greg Brown, $303,000; wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas, $203,000; cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley, $203,000; defensive line coach L.D. Scott, $153,000; and running backs coach Kolby Smith, $153,000.
In the ACC, the combined salary of U of L's assistants is less than only Clemson ($4,329,606) and Florida State ($4,284,800).
For those wondering, LSU has the highest-paid group of assistants in college football for 2015.