Nebraska's newest football administrator will get paid like an assistant coach.
Billy Devaney, the one-time St. Louis Rams general manager, joined the NU football program this week. He'll make $300,000 per year as the Huskers' executive director of player personnel and the special assistant to the head coach.
It's a new position that athletic director Shawn Eichorst proposed. Coach Mike Riley was all for it. Devaney will directly oversee NU's recruiting department — but he'll be asked for his input on virtually everything else.
Devaney's spent his entire three-decade-long football career in the NFL, so Riley's eager to tap that knowledge base.
Here's what Riley told Tom Shatel on Wednesday: "He can help me with roster evaluation, depth chart and bigger-scope stuff, oversee the evaluation and recruiting of players, how we do it, the whole process. He’s a big-time consultant."
Nebraska's four-man recruiting team — Ryan Gunderson, Andy Vaughn, Kenny Wilhite and Todd McShane — will make a combined $357,500 in 2016. Wilhite made $35,000 two years ago before getting a $15,000 raise in 2015. His annual salary's been bumped up to $100,000 now after recently being named the director of high school relations.
NU's football operations duo — Dan Van De Riet and Hilary O'Bryan — will combine to make $257,500. Strength coach Mark Philipp's salary is $206,000.
New defensive line coach John Parrella, who was also hired this week, will make $250,000 per year.