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Check out a list of survey of coaches salaries for the Sun Belt Conference compiled by USA Today and get the latest from the practice field on Tuesday.

Originally published on 11/20/2012

by Marcus Nelson

The annual salary survey of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision football coaches was released by USA Today on Tuesday.

While it was already known that FAU coach Carl Pelini had an annual salary of 450,000, it's always interesting to see where that fits in amongst other Sun Belt coaches.

Here is the total compensation for coaches in the Sun Belt Conference.

  1. Gus Malzhan, Arkansas State $859,610
  2. Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette $803,00
  3. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee $602,129
  4. Dan McCarney, North Texas $545,300
  5. Mario Cristobal, Florida International $522,183
  6. Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky $479,800
  7. Larry Blakeney, Troy $455,000
  8. Carl Pelini, FAU $450,000
  9. Joey Jones, South Alabama $371,125
  10. Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe $250,000

The most interesting part is the disparity between the top and the bottom, with ULM's Todd Berry, a candidate for the coach of the year, making the least in the conference. One would expect that to change soon – provided the Warhawks are able to keep him.

For more info, see USA Today's searchable salary database.

Rest for the weary: With an open date on Saturday, Florida Atlantic will get an extra few days to prepare for its last opponent of the 2012 season.

The Owls have been watching film of Louisiana-Lafayette for their game on Dec.1 vs. the Ragin' Cajuns and have already started implementing the gameplan.

However, before the team breaks for Thanksgiving holidays, FAU coach Carl Pelini wants to give many of the younger players some work.

“We wanted the guys who were sitting out this year and redshirting to get some work,” Pelini said Tuesday. “They are a little bit behind because they have been running with the scout team, but we had some of the older guys there with them, helping them through it. They were making sure they knew their routes and coverages so there was some good work today."

That also allows the Owls to get some of the regulars some needed rest.

Pelini said he gave senior linebacker David Hinds and tight end Nexon Dorvilus a day off on Tuesday and wide receiver William Dukes, who had to be helped off the field during  Friday's Shula Bowl, was at practice and went through individual drills, but was held out of the team portion of practice.

“All those guys would have practiced if we had a game on Saturday, but I just want to make sure we head into the last game healthy,” Pelini said.





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