With a $97 million total budget, the University of Arkansas Athletic Department is a Top 20 team when it comes to paying assistant football coaches.

USA Today is out with a comprehensive ranking of assistant coach pay. Only one Arkansas coach makes the top 25 individually.

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But overall, USA Today puts Arkansas football staff pay (not counting head coach Bret Bielema’s roughly $4 million)  at $3.529 million. This ranks the Hogs 18th in the country.

Ahead of the Hogs are LSU at $5.47 million; Auburn at $5.34 million, Alabama at $5.22 million; Georgia at $4.80 million, Texas A&M at $4.41 million, Clemson at $4.32 million;, Florida State at $4.28 million; Michigan at $4.24 million; Ohio State at $4.02 million; South Carolina at $3.99 million; UCLA at $3.96 million; Texas at $3.90 million; Louisville at $3.77 million; Oklahoma at $3.77 million; Oregon at $3.69 million; Missouri at $3.63 million; and Tennessee at $3.54 million.

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Arkansas reaches this height without paying a single coach in the top 20. Robb Smith, the defensive coordinator, ranked 25th with $752,000 pay and the potential for a $250,000 bonus. Auburn’s Will Muschamp led the pack at $1.6 million.

PS — The Arkansas State assistants draw $1.18 million.

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Which reminds me: Several have asked about UA budget numbers I mentioned in a column last week. They are drawn from the official budget document. You’ll find in its 600 pages a breakdown, for example, on athletic spending (nearly $2 million for sports “nutrition” for example) and a line-by-line listing of the pay of every single employee in every department. Fun for numbers nerds.