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Michigan State football assistant coaches receiver two-year extension, raises

February 25, 2022
<p>MSU defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton talks to players during winter workouts in early March 2020.</p>

MSU defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton talks to players during winter workouts in early March 2020.

Photo by Courtesy of MSU Athletic Communications | The State News

Coming off the heels of an 11-2 season and a 10-year extension for Michigan State Football Head Coach Mel Tucker, Michigan State football decided to reward the rest of the coaching staff with a two-year contract extension and a pay raise. 

All of Michigan State’s position coaches are now signed through March 31, 2024. The coordinators, which originally signed to three-year contracts in Feb. 2020 when Tucker signed, are now under contract through March 31, 2025. 

The contract extensions come from the $1.5 million pool given to Tucker in his 10-year, $95 million contract extension that he signed on Nov. 24. The pool was spread between the seven returning assistants and the three new hires for position coaches. 

Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic are now among the highest paid assistants in the country, making over $1 million annually. Johnson’s new salary is $1.35 million, up from $906,750. Kapiliovic will make $1 million, up from $651,000. Hazelton will make $1.1 million, up from $883,500. 

Secondary coach Harlon Barnett’s new salary is $525,000 a year, up from $480,000. Wide Receivers coach Courtney Hawkins will make $425,000 up from $367,650. Tight Ends coach Ted Gilmore will make $550,000, up from $465,000. Special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Ross Els will make $575,000, up from $446,500.

The new hires will have to wait for the next round of raises. Running backs coach Effrem Reed will make $200,000 annually. Pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan will make $225,000 annually.

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