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Contract notes: Warren to be IU football’s highest paid defensive coordinator

By Dustin Dopirak — 

Newly hired Indiana defensive coordinator Charlton Warren will sign a two-year contract worth $700,000 in the first year and $725,000 in the second, according to an IU spokesman. This will make him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in Indiana history. The previous defensive coordinator Kane Wommack made $460,000 per year before leaving to be head coach at South Alabama, where he also makes $700,000.

According to the spokesman, there is not yet a signed contract or memorandum of understanding, but the contract is expected to be structured similarly to Wommack’s in terms and bonuses.

Wommack received a $20,000 bonus when Indiana reached six wins in a season, an additional $2,500 each for wins seven and eight, and $5,000 for each win above eight in a season. He was due a $10,000 bonus if Indiana won the Big Ten East, $20,000 if it won the Big Ten championship, $20,000 for a College Football Playoff appearance, $25,000 for an appearance in the national title game, and $40,000 for a national championship.

Former offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer was paid $1 million for his services, so the Hoosiers have spent more money on a coordinator before. However, current offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan is making $450,000 in the contract he signed in the summer when DeBoer left to coach Fresno State and Sheridan was promoted from tight ends coach. Warren will make as much as strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman this season and then become the highest paid assistant on the staff in the second year of his contract.

Warren was the defensive backs coach at Georgia this past season. He has also been defensive backs coach at Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska and North Carolina. He was co-defensive coordinator and then coordinator at Air Force from 2008-13.

Indiana formally introduced Warren as its new defensive coordinator on Tuesday,  including quotes from coach Tom Allen and Warren.

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