Indiana is proving its willing to dish out a big payday in order to add some of the game’s top assistants to Tom Allen’s staff in Bloomington. That’s become evident with the Hoosiers’ last two hires.

Tuesday, one day after IU made the hiring of new running backs coach Deland McCullough official, contract details were released for his deal with the program. He’s going to be making a nice chunk of change.

According to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star, McCullough is scheduled to make $515,000 in his first year as the running backs coach of the Hoosiers. He’ll see a $15,000 pay increase in Year 2, when he’s on track to make $530,000.

For comparison, Mike Hart’s last deal as the running backs coach at IU paid him $375,500. Hart left Indiana to take the same position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan.

McCullough, who was previously the offensive coordinator on Kevin Wilson’s staff at Indiana from 2011-16, spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The deal for McCullough isn’t the only significant pay bump for the Hoosiers during the offseason. Two weeks ago, Indiana revealed that new defensive coordinator Charlton Warren will make $700,000 in his first season with the program before seeing a pay raise to $725,000 for the 2022 season. That’s nearly a $250,000 increase from previous DC Kane Wommack, who left IU to become the head coach at South Alabama.

Indiana ended the 2020 season with a 6-2 record.