The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: Coaching Salaries, And DaShawn Crawford

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Chester Frazier
Chester Frazier (center-left) has moved on to Illinois. (Ivan Morozov)

1) Illinois was able to double Chester Frazier’s salary, do you see us losing more top assistants to the Big Ten and SEC simply because they can pay more over the coming years? – HokieHigh

Chris Coleman: That’s always going to be an issue, yes.  If you are able to hire talented assistants, there’s always the risk that someone with more money will poach them.  Even if the Reach For Excellence campaign is a smashing success, the Hokies (and all ACC schools) will still be behind the SEC and Big Ten when it comes to TV money.

Tech lost Frazier to Illinois, so let’s compare the media rights/licensing money brought in by Big Ten programs in 2018-19 to Virginia Tech, per the USA Today College Sports Finances Database:

Ohio State: $93.9 million (that’s nearly the size of VT’s entire athletic budget)
Nebraska: $89.6 million
Wisconsin: $89.3 million
Michigan: $88.2 million
Penn State: $77 million...