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FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas assistant football coaches Vernon Hargreaves, Barry Lunney Jr. and Rory Segrest all received pay raises after the Razorbacks' 8-5 season.

The salaries of all three will rise to $300,000, bringing the cumulative staff pay for 2016 to a school record $3.83 million.

Hargreaves is the linebackers coach, Lunney is the tight ends coach, and Segrest coaches the defensive line and specialists.

The contracts for those three assistants, obtained through a public records request by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, rounded out a winter in which every football assistant either received a raise or was a new hire.

Counting Coach Bret Bielema's guaranteed pay of $4.1 million for the upcoming season, the total staff compensation will be an Arkansas record $7.93 million.

Segrest and Lunney were both paid $240,000 in 2015, while Hargreaves made $275,000. Segrest, a five-year assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2006-10, received interest from new Eagles Coach Doug Pederson during the winter and had reportedly been offered a position on Pederson's staff, according to at least one media outlet.

Hargreaves, Lunney and Segrest are all working under one-year deals that last through the end of June 2017.

Each Arkansas assistant coach now has a noncompete clause with other SEC schools built into his contract, with the exception being a rise in title.

The combined salaries for the nine full-time assistant coaches of $3.83 million represents an increase of 8.9 percent over the aggregate pay of $3.515 million in 2015.

The Razorbacks have improved each season under Bielema, from 3-9 in 2013 to 7-6 in 2014 and 8-5 in 2015. Arkansas has won bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever at the school and has won three consecutive bowl games for the first time.

Arkansas opens the 2016 season against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 3 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Sports on 03/10/2016

Print Headline: Three UA coaches up to $300,000


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