Booster money will increase FSU assistants' salaries

Updated: February 28, 2007, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Money raised by Florida State's booster organization will be used to nearly double the pay of one new assistant football coach and increase another's by 50 percent, according to copies of contracts released Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, whose base salary from the university is $215,000, will get $210,000 from the Athletic Development Fund raised by the Seminole Boosters.

The extra money is compensation for additional duties not required to draw his base pay, including fundraising, speeches, radio and television shows and public relations contacts with alumni, supporters and civic and community groups, official said.

Offensive line coach Rick Trickett is getting $200,000 from the university and $100,000 from the booster fund for similar added duties.

The contract copies were released in response to a public records request from The Associated Press. Other new assistants hired since last season are not receiving money from the boosters in addition to their base pay, Florida State spokesman Rob Wilson said.

Bowden hired Fisher, formerly offensive coordinator at LSU, to replace his son, Jeff Bowden. The younger Bowden, who drew fan and media criticism for Florida State's poor offense the past few years, announced his resignation two days after the Seminoles lost at home 30-0 to Wake Forest.

Florida State's boosters also are paying $537,000 to the younger Bowden as part of his resignation deal.

Trickett formerly was offensive line coach at West Virginia. He replaced Mark McHale, whose contract was not renewed.

Other new staff members are linebackers coach Chuck Amato, formerly head coach at North Carolina State; and running backs coach Dexter Carter and receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, two former Florida State players.


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