Interim Baylor coach Jim Grobe will earn $1.25 million in salary this season. ESPN’s Bret McMurphy, citing industry sources, reported that figure Monday morning.
Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe will receive $1.25M salary this season, industry source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 25, 2016
Grobe is taking over for Art Briles, who was dismissed in late May. The school’s independent investigator cited the football program for numerous mistakes as Baylor is dealing with how it handled cases of sexual assault.
While Grobe is considered to be a one-year stopgap hire, new athletic director Mack Rhoades said last week that he’ll assess the team and its season and make a decision later this year. The future of the program is cloudy; this year’s team is down to 70 scholarships. The recruiting classes for 2016 and 2017 have lost top players because of Briles’ dismissal and the uncertainties brought about by the sexual assault investigation.
Briles’ salary was estimated in the $4 million to $5 million range; USA Today reported that in 2014 Briles’ total compensation was nearly $6 million thanks to bonuses and incentives. Briles was under contract through 2023 and the school reached a settlement with the coach. He was owed just under $40 million but the amount of the settlement has remained unreported.
Grobe’s salary would make him the lowest-paid head coach in the Big 12 and on a par with most coaching salaries in non-Power Five conferences.