December 6th, 2017 | by College AD

The combined buyouts for fired head coaches in college football this season could eclipse $70 million. And each of those firings has the potential to create financial ripple effects throughout the rest of the coaching staff, too. As contracts for assistant coaches continue to grow in both length and annual salary, getting rid of an entire staff — and offensive and defensive coordinators, in particular — can become a costly proposition. Some Power Five assistants even have six-figure buyouts in their contracts these days, just like their bosses. To better illustrate the extensive costs of making a coaching change, USA TODAY Sports examined the contracts of offensive and defensive coordinators who worked for Power Five head coaches that have been fired this year. While some will be (or have already been) retained by an incoming coach, or take jobs elsewhere, USA TODAY Sports calculated the costs if they were to be terminated without cause, per the terms of their deals.  – Tom Schad and Steve Berkowitz, usatoday.comRead More

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