University of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is set to earn $1.45 million over the next two years, according to his compensation package that UW released to the State Journal on Thursday via an open records request.
In total, Wilcox will make $500,000 in the first year of the agreement and $950,000 in the second.
He will also receive a $100,000 retention payment if he’s still with the Badgers on Jan. 1, 2018.
Former UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda made $520,000 during his final year with the Badgers in 2014. He left to take the same position at LSU, where he signed for $3.75 million over three years with the Tigers.
Wilcox was fired from Southern California after two seasons with the Trojans in which his defense didn’t perform consistently, but the 39-year-old has a solid track record from previous stops at Washington, Tennessee and Boise State.
He takes over a defense that Aranda built into the No. 1 scoring defense in the country last season.
The former All-Big Ten Conference safety will earn $225,000 in his first year as a coach. That’s a slight increase over the $215,000 former Badgers defensive backs coach Daronte Jones made in 2015 before leaving for a job with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
Deputy athletic director Walter Dickey told the State Journal that UW coach Paul Chryst would be allocated more money to pay assistant coaches this year.
Some current coaches could see a bump in salary when their deals are renewed this summer, but the total amount of added money allocated to assistants’ salaries remains unknown.