Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Claeys and Limegrover get sizeable raises under new three-year deals

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher coaches Updated: April 23, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys got an annual raise to $600,000, and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover will make $550,000 under the terms of their new three-year contracts signed this month.

The Star Tribune obtained copies of the new deals Wednesday through a data practices act request. Claeys had been making $346,800, and Limegrover was at $341,800 under their previous contracts.

All nine of Coach Jerry Kill’s assistant coaches received raises, thanks to language in Kill’s new contract that ensures his assistant coaching salary pool will rank in the top six of the Big Ten.

Kill’s seven other assistant coaches each got new two-year deals. Here are the new salaries:

Quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski: $253,000

Defensive backs/special teams coach Jay Sawvel: $253,000

Defensive line coach Jeff Phelps: $230,000

Running backs coach Pat Poore: $230,000

Wide receivers coach Brian Anderson: $230,000

H-backs/tight ends coach Rob Reeves: $230,000

Linebackers coach Mike Sherels: $181,000

Assistant coaches salaries are on the rise throughout the sport. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will be paid $904,600 this year. And according to the Washington Post, Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley just got a raise to $625,000.

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