Callahan was 5-6 in first year at Nebraska

Updated: August 12, 2005, 1:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bill Callahan received a nearly 4 percent raise in the wake of the Cornhuskers' first losing season since 1961.

Callahan, entering his second season at Nebraska, has a base salary of $337,838 for the 2005-06 fiscal year, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic budget figures. Callahan's base salary was $325,000 last year.

In addition to his base salary, he continues to receive an annual $26,250 stipend. His total compensation is more than $1.5 million annually.

Callahan's contract does not require annual increases in base pay.

Athletics Director Steve Pederson was not immediately available for comment Friday.

The athletic department's budget is an all-time high of $62.6 million. Salaries increased an average of 3 percent.

Most head coaches received raises of 5 percent or more. The top pay hike, of 76 percent, went to baseball coach Mike Anderson, whose salary went from $113,531 to $200,000 after he led the Huskers to the College World Series for the first time 2002. The team went 57-15, notching the most wins in school history and claiming the Big 12 title.

Nine department administrators will earn more than $100,000. Pederson received a 4 percent raise to $363,825.

The top-paid coaches behind Callahan are men's basketball coach Barry Collier ($233,818), Anderson, women's basketball coach Connie Yori ($178,197) and volleyball coach John Cook ($145,000).

All eight returning football assistants received raises after the Huskers went 5-6 last season. Scott Downing got the biggest, an 18.3-percent raise from $105,000 to $124,228. Bill Busch's pay increased 7.7 percent, from $130,000 to $140,000, and John Blake's 6.7 percent, from $150,000 to $160,000.

Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove received 3-percent raises, from $200,000 to $206,000. Also receiving 3-percent raises, from $150,000 to $154,500, were assistants Dennis Wagner, Phil Elmassian and Randy Jordan.

Receivers coach Ted Gilmore, hired in January, is paid $130,000.

The athletics department projects a 10 percent increase in revenue in 2005-06.

The increase is made possible by having a seventh home football game, which generates $3.2 million in net revenue, and a $22 million, eight-year contract with apparel provider adidas.

The athletics department projects ticket sales to account for $24.3 million.

Nebraska's budget for its 23-sport program was $56 million last year. Athletics officials expect to end the fiscal year with a revenue surplus of about $75,000.


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