For each school below, the middle column is the average salary of an assistant football coach at that institution. The right column is the average salary of a professor there.
Louisiana State U. * $302,809 * $110,600
U. of Alabama * $300,283 * $115,700
U. of Tennessee * $369,000 * $100,800
U. of Texas at Austin * $327,000 * $132,300
As Inside Higher Ed points out, this enervates one of the arguments in favor of high coach pay: that schools must compensate high-profile coaches generously, because otherwise they will be plucked up by rival programs. Surely this can’t also apply to assistant coaches.