What O.C. Will Friend, D.C. Marty English leaving Colorado State football means for the Rams

Colorado State’s two highest-paid assistant football coaches will soon be leaving the program.

Last week, defensive coordinator Marty English ($229,050) announced his retirement at the conclusion of the Rams’ season, which wraps up Dec. 16 against Marshall at the New Mexico Bowl. Thursday, it was reported that offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Will Friend ($534,450) will join the staff of his college roommate, Jeremy Pruitt, at Tennessee as the Volunteers’ line coach.

Those moves, with the addition of a 10th on-field assistant the NCAA will allow teams to hire for the 2018 season (coach Mike Bobo said in July he expects to add a defensive coach), leave the Rams with three vacancies to fill on staff — and $763,500 in extra cap space, so to speak, which will be important to keep other valued assistants on staff and the recruitment of new faces.

Per the language in Bobo’s contract, he has at least $2.4 million to spend on a staff of nine assistant coaches, a strength coach, a director and assistant director of football operations, a director of player personnel and a director of player development and community/alumni relations (14 positions). The combined salary of CSU’s nine assistant coaches in 2017 was $1,759,790, leaving approximately $650,000 to be distributed among the five remaining staff members. It’s likely the salary pool will increase slightly next season with the addition of a 10th assistant, but CSU has the opportunity to — and likely will — save some money on staff pay with Bobo’s base salary increasing to $1.65 million Jan. 1, 2018.

There’s no questioning Friend’s value to CSU over the past three seasons. Under his tutelage, the Rams have one of the Mountain West’s best offensive lines and arguably the conference’s best pass-protecting unit. In addition, without him coordinating the run game, 5-foot-9 …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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