New deal for Utah DC Morgan Scalley includes $1.4M salary, significant buyouts


Utah significantly changed defensive coordinator Morgan Scully’s contract, raised his salary and voided the coach-in-waiting’s contract after Scully admitted to using a racial slur in a speech, including a costly buyout two years after cutting his salary in half. news.

On March 1, Utah raised Scalley’s annual salary to $1.4 million in a three-year deal, making him one of the Pac-12’s highest-paid assistants, according to a contract obtained by ESPN.

The university suspended Scaley in June 2020 and later reduced his pay to $525,000 after he admitted to using a racial slur in a text message he sent to a recruit in 2013. Former players were surprised by the reports and had a positive relationship with Scally.

Scally was rehired in July 2020 following a review, and his salary was raised to $1.1 million last year.


The new contract does not give Scally the coaching title he once held, but includes new contract provisions that would cost Utah $4.2 million to part ways with the defensive coordinator if another head coach replaces 19-year veteran Kyle Whittingham. Scally was not retained.

A potential buyout in that situation would not have an offset clause, which would have reduced the amount owed to the school if Scally was fired without cause and later found another job. If Whittingham is fired for cause while still head coach, Scally would be owed 75% of his remaining salary, subject to offsets and reductions.

Every February 1st the contract automatically shrinks, adding a year to restore the contract to its three-year term.

“Morgan Scaley has been a vital part of our success and has tremendous support from within the football program and beyond,” Utah athletic director Mark Harlan told ESPN in a statement. “He will continue to meet with a campus leadership team to create a place where equity, diversity and inclusion impact our athletics department. His continued actions to implement what he has learned have helped ensure a positive impact on the lives of his football student-athletes. We look forward to many more years of Morgan’s presence.”

The $1.4 million salary doesn’t make Scaley the highest-paid assistant coach in the Pac-12, as Oregon defensive coordinator Tosh LuBoy is slated to make $1.7 million annually. Also, USC doesn’t release salary information because it’s a private school, but Trojans defensive coordinator Alex Grinch could make more than the $1.8 million he made last year at Oklahoma.

Last season, the highest assistant coach salary in the Pac-12 was Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead’s $1.15 million.

Scally is in his seventh year as Utah’s defensive coordinator after playing for the Utes from 2001 to 2004. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant in 2019, and Utah was ranked 9th nationally. No. 1 in total defense and Pac-12 this season.



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