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Avoid Recession - Try Coaching Football

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The average major-college football assistant coach now earns roughly $200,000, a USA TODAY Sports analysis finds.

That means NCAA Bowl Subdivision assistant coaches joined their bosses in seeing their compensation for the 2012 season increase by more than 10% over last season. Head coaches' pay went up a little faster than assistants' in the past year. But since USA TODAY Sports began surveying assistant coaches' compensation in 2009, assistants are making about 29% more and head coaches about 21% more.

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