How much will it all cost USC?

January, 12, 2010
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Lane Kiffin's base salary at Tennessee was $2 million. Pete Carroll made $4.4 million his final season at USC.

While figures haven't been released by USC, Kiffin surely will get a raise for ditching the Volunteers after only one season. For one, LA is a lot more expensive in terms of cost of living than Knoxville.

But even if Kiffin's salary comes in well below Carroll's -- as it should -- it's likely USC will pay a lot more for its coaching staff in 2010.

Kiffin's staff at Tennessee was the nation's highest paid: $3.325 million for all nine assistants, according to USA Today.

That includes $1.2 million for Kiffin's father and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and $650,000 for defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, both of whom are following Kiffin to USC.

Those salaries ranked No. 1 and No. 3 among the nation's assistant coaches.

Will they, too, get raises?

Then there's Norm Chow, who is expected to join Kiffin's staff. Chow's contract with UCLA calls for him to make $640,000 this year. To jump ship to USC, it's likely he also will get a raise.

In other words, USC likely will end up paying more to its football staff in 2010 than it did in 2009.

Perhaps much more.

The good news is Kiffin's buyout is only $800,000.

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