Michigan State football OL coach Chris Kapilovic gets raise, is highest-paid assistant

Michigan State football offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic has a new contract that makes him among the highest paid assistant coaches without an offensive or defensive coordinator title in college football.

Kapilovic signed a new two-year contract that will pay him $1 million annually, in addition to bonuses, according to documents provided to the Free Press by the university. He signed the deal Dec. 29, the day before MSU’s Peach Bowl victory over Pitt, and it was approved by athletic director Alan Haller on Jan. 10.

Barring other reworked contracts, that would make Kapilovic the Spartans’ highest-paid assistant, as well as one of the best-compensated non-coordinators in the country, according to USA Today’s 2021 assistant coach salary database.

Michigan State’s offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic works with players during the opening day of fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

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Ohio State defensive line assistant and associate head coach Larry Johnson made $1.133 million in total pay, and Texas special teams coordinator/assistant head coach Jeff Banks made $1 million, according to the database. Kapilovic also has the title of run game coordinator under offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, and MSU coach Mel Tucker added an assistant head coach title for Kapilovic in January 2021.

Johnson’s original three-year contract for $975,000 annually runs through March 31, 2023. He took a pandemic reduction, to $906,750, from Sept. 1, 2020-Aug. 31, 2021. Defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton’s original three-year contract for $950,000 annually runs through March 31, 2023. He took a pandemic reduction to $883,500.

Their contracts, and other assistants’ deals,…


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