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Bang for the buck: Six college football assistant coaches who deserve big payday – USA TODAY

Since being hired away from the New Orleans Saints last January, LSU wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Joe Brady has revamped the Tigers’ offensive scheme, helped mold the runaway Heisman Trophy favorite in quarterback Joe Burrow and played an instrumental role in the program’s surge to the top of the College Football Playoff rankings.

And he’s done all of this while drawing a salary of $410,000, the third-lowest among assistants on coach Ed Orgeron’s staff. In terms of drawing bang for the buck, no coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision comes close to matching Brady’s impact.

Part of the reason behind Brady’s relatively small payday was his lack of experience. A former walk-on wide receiver at William & Mary, Brady began his coaching career with two seasons as the linebackers coach at his alma mater (2013-14) and another two years as a graduate assistant at Penn State (2015-16) before joining the Saints, where he spent the 2017 and ’18 seasons as an offensive assistant.

LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady (right) watch warm-ups before kickoff against Auburn.

A raise will come this off-season, especially given the number of big-name teams in the market for an offensive coordinator. For example, Texas recently began to overhaul its coaching staff after a disappointing season.

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