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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas tight end coach Barry Lunney Jr. is expected to see Lakeside QB Garrett Carson in the spring. - Photo by Jimmy Jones

— Arkansas' nine full-time football assistants will make a combined $3 million in the 2013-14 academic year, the most ever by one staff at the school.

The university released contract details for Michael Smith and Barry Lunney Jr. on Tuesday. Smith and Lunney were hired last week as the Razorbacks' receivers and tight ends coach, respectively.

Smith will make $275,000 annually - the same amount to be owed to his predecessor, George McDonald, who resigned two weeks ago to take the offensive coordinator position at Syracuse. Lunney, a former Arkansas quarterback, will earn $200,000 annually.

The contracts for both run through June 30, 2014. They will owe the UA $50,000 if they choose to leave for another program before the end of the contract period.

Better assistant pay was one of the reasons given by Bret Bielema for accepting the Razorbacks' head coaching position in December. Bielema's Wisconsin staff last year made a little more than $1.9 million and he lost six assistant coaches from his staff following the 2011 season.

Bielema, who will make $3.2 million annually at Arkansas, led the Badgers to three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances before resigning last month.

The $3 million cumulative total is up from $2.603 million last year at Arkansas. The Razorbacks' assistant coaches have received sizable pay raises following each of the last three seasons.

New assistant staffs at SEC schools Tennessee and Kentucky will make $3.085 million and $2.267 million, respectively, next season, according to reports.

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  • Jackabbott
    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

    Let's hope they can get the Hogs to the SEC title game wihin a reasonable time- like 2-3 years.

  • LevyRat
    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.

    Between football and basketball we are paying about $10 Million dollars a year in coaches salaries. We had better start seeing some wins and I'm not talking about 6-6 in football and 16-16 in basketball.

  • Testingonetwothree
    January 23, 2013 at 1:38 a.m.

    Isn't that a bit ridiculous, after 4-5 years how many of their players graduate/find employment? that is what college is really about, isn't it? Dept of nursing everyone that graduates has a multiple job opportunities waiting, the nursing instructors make less than 100k/year....and have 1 year contracts with no buyouts....its a frigging game folks

  • Guzzler
    January 23, 2013 at 7:29 a.m.

    Glad to see the program doing what is necessary to win in the SEC, let's see these guys earn it now.

  • MaxCady
    January 25, 2013 at 12:34 p.m.

    And they're contributing what to society??!! I don't care how much money you throw at the UA program, they will never win a national championship in this lifetime. They should just be realistic and drop down to mid major.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    January 25, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.

    Having the highest paid coaches and claiming the nicest stadium complex does not translate into wins.... #HardLessonToLearn