Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
2 Arkansas football assistants get pay raises
Arkansas assistant coach Barry Lunney Jr. directs his players Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, during practice at the university's practice facility in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photos from practice.
Two University of Arkansas football assistant coaches received pay raises July 1, increasing the cumulative salary for the Razorbacks' 10 assistant coaches to a program record $4.915 million per year.
Barry Lunney Jr., who entering his seventh season is Arkansas' longest-tenured assistant coach, received a pay raise of $15,000 to $365,000 per year. Lunney added special teams coordinator to his title during the offseason. He is also the team's tight ends coach.
Second-year receivers coach Justin Stepp will be paid $400,000 annually, an increase of $50,000 over last season.
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According to Stepp's contract, he received two pay raises this year - one totaling $30,000 in February and another worth $20,000 this month. Stepp did not add a job title since last year.
Neither Stepp nor Lunney received extensions. Both are under contract through February 2020, consistent with most assistant coaches on staff.
Arkansas' 10 assistant coaches will be paid $570,000 more in the coming year than they were last season when the Razorbacks finished 2-10 overall and winless in eight Southeastern Conference games. The majority of the cumulative raise is to cover the contract of defensive coordinator John Chavis, who exercised a voluntary two-year contract extension at the end of last season.
Chavis, who was paid $995,000 at Arkansas last season while he was reportedly also receiving a buyout payment from Texas A&M, will be paid $1.5 million in the coming year - $400,000 by the UA and $1.1 million by the Razorback Foundation.
Chavis in 2019 will be the first Arkansas assistant coach to be paid more than $1 million in a single year.
Six Arkansas assistant coaches are being paid the same in 2019 as they were last season. Kenny Ingram, who was hired by the Razorbacks earlier this year as a defensive line coach, is being paid $340,000, which is the same amount as his predecessor, John Scott, was paid last year.
Arkansas head coach Chad Morris is in the second year of a six-year contract that pays $3.5 million annually.
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