Arkansas football staff pay increases for 2024

Offensive Coordinator Bobby Petrino speaks, Thursday, November 30, 2023 during a press conference at the Broyles Athletic Center in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — The annual salary pool for Arkansas’ 10 on-field football assistant coaches is scheduled to increase by about 4.4% to $6.15 million for the 2024 season. 

The jump in total staff pay is due to the hiring of Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator in November. Petrino will begin at $1.5 million annually in March. His contract called for $350,000 in pay for his first three months on the job. 

Former offensive coordinator Dan Enos was working on a contract that paid $1.1 million when he was fired in October. Enos had two seasons remaining on his contract and at the time of his firing was owed $2.8 million in buyout funds, subject to mitigation. 

First-year Arkansas offensive line coach Eric Mateos is in line to earn $700,000 annually. That is the same salary paid to his predecessor, Cody Kennedy, who left for the same position at Mississippi State. 

New receivers coach Ronnie Fouch will be paid $200,000 in his first year with the program. That salary is $140,000 less than his predecessor, Kenny Guiton, who left Arkansas last month to accept a similar position at Wisconsin.

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The $6.15 million is the second-largest pool for Arkansas assistant coaches. The 2022 staff had annual salaries totaling $6.44 million, including $1.85 million for then-defensive coordinator Barry Odom, a single-year record for a Razorbacks assistant coach. 

Arkansas’ annual assistant staff pay fell to $5.89 million in 2023 after both coordinators were hired elsewhere — Odom as head coach at UNLV and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to the same position at TCU. 

When head coach Sam Pittman’s $5.25 million annual salary is added, Arkansas’ total staff pay will equal $11.4 million for the 2024 season, just below the $11.44 million total pay for 2022. 

Pittman’s salary does not include scheduled retention payments, which could total up to $1.2 million for the 2024 season.

Correction: Eric Mateos' job title was initially incorrect and has been corrected.