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Does job performance equate to pay raises for Texas Longhorns staff?

Some of Charlie Strong’s assistants are in line for raises after a 5-7 season.
Some of Charlie Strong’s assistants are in line for raises after a 5-7 season. AP

It’s good to be Brick Haley.

The Texas Longhorns defensive line coach didn’t exactly get a great season out of his unit in 2015, his first season on coach Charlie Strong’s staff, but it didn’t stop him from getting a great raise.

Haley’s new contract calls for him to make a base salary of $495,000, up from his previous $235,000, according to UT System Board of Regents agenda book posted online on Sunday and published by Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.

All it took was a flirtation with Texas A&M. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin first approached Haley in mid-February, according to Davis, in hopes of reuniting Davis with A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis. The two worked together at LSU. However, soon after, Haley chose to stay in Austin.

According to the Board of Regents agenda book, other assistant coaches on Charlie Strong’s staff are due for pay raises despite the Longhorns’ 5-7 record last season.

Tight ends coach Jeff Traylor, who joined the staff from the high school ranks before last season and is considered a key recruiter, will jump from a base salary of $245,000 to $350,000.

Imagine if the Longhorns had posted a winning record, or got to a bowl game!

Davis also passed along the salaries for Texas’ new assistant: Defensive backs coach Clay Jennings’ base salary is $400,000; receivers coach Charlie Williams will receive $375,000; and running backs coach Anthony Johnson will make $325,000.

All assistant coaches, Davis noted, receive a $7,500 annual car allowance — yes, that’s a monthly payment of $625 — and a membership to the UT Golf Club, which is estimated to be $10,000, according to their contracts.

It’s a good gig if you can get it — and keep it.

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