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USF football coaches get pay raise


For the first time at the University of South Florida, Coach Jim Leavitt's highest paid assistant will not be the defensive coordinator.

New offensive coordinator Mike Canales, who received a $50,000 raise after being promoted from wide receivers coach, is USF's top paid assistant at $200,000, followed by new defensive coordinator Joe Tresey ($190,000), according to salary figures released by the school.

The remainder of the 2009-10 salaries, that go into effect Wednesday, for USF's full-time assistants with last year's figures in parentheses: Carl Franks, running backs $170,000 ($150,000); John Hendrick, special teams $130,000 ($120,000); Mike Simmonds, co-offensive line $120,000 ($100,000); Larry Scott, co-offensive line $120,000 ($90,000) and Kevin Patrick, defensive line $120,000 ($70,000).

New assistants David Blackwell, linebackers/co-defensive coordinator, and Phil McGeoghan, wide receivers, will earn $160,000 and $80,000, respectively. It's unknown how the remaining $60,000 of Leavitt's $1.35 million assistants' salary pool will be distributed.

Men's basketball assistants - holdover Reggie Hanson and new additions Eric Skeeters and Jeremy Cox - will each receive $100,000. Tommy Tonelli, USF's director of basketball operations, is expected to receive the remaining $75,000 of Coach Stan Heath's $375,000 assistants' salary pool.

Reporter Brett McMurphy can be reached at (813) 259-7928

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