Jay Johnson was the offensive coordinator at Colorado under then head coach Mel Tucker.

Tucker, since the offseason, has of course left Colorado for Michigan State to replace longtime Spartan coach Mark Dantonio. How has Tucker built his coaching staff for the green and white?

With plenty of familiar faces to him. Johnson fits that category. He will be the new man in charge of the Spartans’ offense and on Friday, according to MLive, it was revealed what his base salary would be.

That number is $975,000 — which is certainly an uptick from the $550,000 he made at Colorado last season.

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“The other contracts released show tight ends coach Ted Gilmore will make $500,000 a year, secondary coach Harlon Barnett is at $480,000, special teams coordinator Ross Els is at $475,000 and running backs coach William Peagler is at $200,000,” wrote Matt Wenzel of mlive.com.

At Michigan State — and in the Big Ten for that matter — there seems to be more money to go around. Powerhouses like Clemson pay their coaches more than a fair share, too. In the Big Ten and SEC in particular, that’s no different.

Want who you think are the best coaches in the country?

You’ll have to pay for them.

More contract information on the rest of the Spartans’ coaching staff can be found here.