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Harrell to be highest-paid WVU football assistant

West Virginia football offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has a three-year deal with the Mountaineers at an average salary of $750,000 per year, sources have confirmed to the Blue & Gold News.

That makes Harrell the highest-paid assistant on Neal Brown’s staff. Defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley, who averages $542,500 over the two years of his contract (2021-22), was previously the top earner, as detailed by BlueGoldNews.com in March, 2021.

Harrell is slated to make $600,000 in 2022, $800,000 in 2023 and $850,000 in 2024. Bonuses, the structure of which are still to be learned, could elevate his salary further. Most of West Virginia’s assistants earn bonuses according to the structure listed below.

Big 12 Champ Game Appearance: $10,000

Big 12 Champ Game Win: $10,000

Big 12 Low Tier Bowl Appearance: $10,000

Big 12 Low Tier Bowl Win: $5,000

Big 12 High Tier Bowl Appearance: $15,000

Big 12 High Tier Bowl Win: $5,000

New Year's Six Bowl Appearance: $20,000

New Year's Six Bowl Win: $5,000

CFP Semifinal Appearance: $25,000

CFP National Championship Appearance: $25,000

CFP National Championship Win: $25,000

While Harrell’s contract numbers are generous, they don’t approach the reported three-year extension he signed at USC in 2019.

According to reports, that deal was for a total of $3.6 million, or $1.2 million per year. USC doled out that contract to fend off interest from the University of Texas and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, among others.

Harrell is the only WVU assistant with a three-year contract.