Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne says that when he was hired as football coach in 1973, he never imagined the salary would one day grow to $1.85 million.
That's because Osborne's starting salary was $25,000 -- a pittance compared to the pay boost given today to Bo Pelini.
The second-year coach signed a contract extension that would keep him at Nebraska through the 2014 season and boosts his annual salary from $1.1 million to $1.85 million.
Osborne says Pelini deserves a raise for shoring up the football program, which has to provide 85 percent of the revenues brought in by Nebraska sports.
The Huskers finished the 2008 season with a 9-4 record and tied for first in the Big 12 North. Nebraska beat Clemson in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.
Courtesy: Associated Press
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