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Conference USA Rankings: Football Power, Football Coach Pay & AD Pay

Because it's that time of the week. We're talking football here.

1. Marshall (6-0, 2-0 in Conference USA) -- Like Thriller on the 1983 album charts. Though quarterback Rakeem Cato draws the attention, running back Devon Johnson's run for 814 yards and averaging 7.8 per carry. The defense overwhelms in the first half while the offense builds a big lead. They stomped Middle Tennessee State 49-24. That Alabama-Birmingham game will be interesting.

2. Middle Tennessee State (4-3, 3-1) -- By putting them here, I'm saying Marshall's three touchdowns up on the rest of C-USA.

3. Louisiana Tech (3-3, 2-0) -- Moving up by standing still. Tech took last weekend off before facing Texas-San Antonio this week. Speaking of UTSA...

4. FIU (3-4, 2-1) -- All that bumbling about and still losing by only three on the road via last-minute field goal. I'll drop the Panthers only one spot for that 60-minute fart in the Alamodome last Saturday.

5. UAB (4-2, 2-1) -- Serving up a 56-point Mean Green Flambee last week points up the Blazers combustibility. Saturday's shootout with Middle could dictate the direction of the remainder of the season for both teams.

6. Western Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) -- Didn't play. Didn't lose. Didn't give up 40. Hey, not everybody on this list can say that.

7. UTSA (2-3, 1-1) -- If they keep redshirt freshman Austin Robinson in at quarterback, get the Roadrunners now. In a few games, when Robinson really gets himself together at the college level, there's going to be a lot of "Beep, beep" and zipping along to the end zone.

8. FAU (2-4, 1-1) -- The Woodsy Boys come back from a weekend off to host Western Kentucky.

9. UTEP (3-3, 1-1) -- New Mexico, New Mexico State, Old Dominion...say one thing for the Miners. They know who they have to beat to eat.

10. Old Dominion (3-4, 1-3) -- Having the ball against this defense is like getting to play with Canadian football rules -- a 12th man, forward motion in the backfield at the snap -- except with four downs against a defense playing by American rules. Giving up 46.5 per game to FBS schools.

11. Rice (3-3, 1-1) -- Sitting out this week after beating Hawaii and Army, before getting North Texas. Yeah, I'm not impressed, either. Check back with me after they come to FIU on Nov. 1.

12. North Texas (2-4, 0-2) -- Thought they had a defense they loved. Gave up 56 to UAB. So now they're down here looking for the love they lost.

 

13. Southern Miss (2-4, 0-2) -- Guess Ole Miss and Mississippi State sucked up all the good players in the state.

THE LONG GREEN

 

In honor of Oct. 15, the day FIU pays its athletic director a retention bonus (this year, about $76,130), here's this year's list of Conference USA football coach and athletic director base salaries. Put together from public records and published reports from public records.

FOOTBALL COACHES

Todd Monken, Southern Miss, $700,000

Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State $721,704

David Bailiff, Rice $646,386

Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky $600,000

Doc Holliday, Marshall $600,000

Dan McCarney, North Texas, $600,000

Ron Turner, FIU $501,000

Charlie Partridge, FAU $500,000

Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech $500,000

Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion $425,000

Larry Coker, UTSA, $400,000

Sean Kugler, UTEP $280,000

Bill Clark, UAB Undetermined, though some sources put it at $600,000

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS

Pete Garcia, FIU $380,654

Brian Mackin, UAB $300,000

Rick Villarreal, North Texas $275,000

Mike Hamrick, Marshall $255,000

Chris Massaro, Middle Tennessee State, $250,000

Patrick Chun, FAU, $250,000

Robert Stull, UTEP $233,000

Lynn Hickey, UTSA $147,540

Tommy McClelland II, Louisiana Tech $140,000

Camden Wood Selig, Old Dominion Not Available (He’s not eating bologna -- ODU’s $37 million is the largest department budget in the conference).

Joe Karlgaard, Rice Not Available

Bill McGillis, Southern Miss Not Available

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