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College Football's 10 Highest-Paid Assistant Coaches in 2014

They don't make as much money as their bosses, but college football coordinators earn enough to make us all reassess some life decisions.

This has been the case for a while, which is scary since the contracts grow each season. When I assembled this list in March 2014, only five FBS assistants made seven figures. This year, that number ballooned to nine. Next year, there's a good chance it passes 10.

Assembling this list relied heavily on the USA Today salary database. However, those numbers reflect what coaches made in 2014, which means they don't reflect new hires and reworked contracts.

Thus, this list required a boatload of additional research. I am confident in the 10 names that follow, but there's a chance, however slight, that some coach slipped through the cracks. In that case, feel free to post his name in the comments, and I will edit if his contract checks out.

Also of note: The salaries that follow reflect what each coach will make next season. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster ranked No. 1 on the USA Today database for 2014, but that was only because of a one-time payment in his contract. The deal he signed this offseason will pay him $900,000 in 2015, per Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Timeswhich does not rank among the national top 10.

For that reason, he and others like him have been omitted.

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SEC Football: Ranking the Conference's Best Rivalries

The SEC is known for having some of the best rivalries in college football, both inside the conference and outside with state schools from other conferences.

Let's leave those out-of-conference rivalries alone for now and take a look at the best rivalries in the SEC.

Our top 10 based on intensity, tradition and national importance are in this slideshow.

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Cyler Miles Takes Leave of Absence from Washington Football

The University of Washington announced Friday that quarterback Cyler Miles is taking a leave of absence from the football team for personal reasons and will not participate in spring ball.  

Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune passed along a statement from the school, which stressed this was not a disciplinary action:

Miles has appeared in 20 games over his first two seasons with the Huskies. He's thrown 21 touchdowns with just six interceptions while completing better than 65 percent of his passes. He led the team to an 8-6 record last season, including a loss to Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl.

While he's away, it opens the door for the team's other quarterbacks to get some extra work. Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning all figure to get their chance to shine during spring practices.

The statement didn't include any potential timetable for Miles' return to the football program. It did note he remains enrolled at Washington while dealing with the personal matter.

 

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