Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in journalism.
Partridge to make $350,000
Charlie Partridge was named Arkansas' defensive line coach, becoming the third Wisconsin coach to join the Razorbacks' staff this off-season.
FAYETTEVILLE Charlie Partridge, who was hired as Arkansas' defensive line coach over the weekend, will make $350,000 annually, according to his letter of agreement.
Partridge's salary with the Razorbacks is a 45 percent increase over his $241,750 salary at Wisconsin, where he coached under new Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema.
The agreement, like with most University of Arkansas employees, is for one full academic year through June 30, 2014.
The Razorbacks had two coaches for the defensive line last season - defensive tackles coach Kevin Peoples and defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator Steve Caldwell. The median base salary for those two coaches was $228,500 per year, or 53 percent less than Partridge's agreement.
Overall, Arkansas' four new assistant coaches stand to make 19.4 percent more per year than their predecessors. Coordinator salaries are up nearly 16 percent to $550,000 each for Jim Chaney and Chris Ash.
New Razorbacks offensive line coach Sam Pittman stands to make $275,000 per year. Only Chaney (three seasons) and Ash (two) have multi-year deals.
Better pay for assistant coaches was one reason cited by Bielema in his decision to leave Wisconsin, where he won three consecutive Big Ten championships. The Badgers lost six assistant coaches following last season.
Arkansas has increased its overall salary pool for assistant coaches by nearly $300,000 each of the last two years. Bielema, who was hired nearly two weeks ago, still has five full-time hires left to announce.
Report: Veltkamp to North Carolina State
Arkansas football strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp has accepted a similar position at North Carolina State, according to Internet reports Monday.
Veltkamp was hired by former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino in 2008 and has spent the last five seasons with the Razorbacks.