Once it became inevitable that Scott Frost was going to become Nebraska football coach, the intrigue started to shift toward how much money NU was going to pony up.
Nebraska administrators hinted that the school would pay a big price to land a big name, and the Huskers did just that. Frost will make $35 million over seven years, according to NU.
It's the longest deal, in terms of years, handed out by NU for a football coach. Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles started on a seven-year deal.
In the Big Ten, only Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh have higher base salaries than Frost. Harbaugh will make more than $7 million this season, off of a base salary of $5 million, according to USA Today. Meyer will bring home nearly $6.5 million this season after bonuses applied to his $5.7 million base salary.
Follow the money: Ranking Big Ten football coaches' salaries
Whether it was a reflection of market forces or simple leverage, Nebraska pushed a lot of chips into the middle of the table with the hiring of Scott Frost as head coach on a 7-year, $35-million deal. Where does Frost's deal rank compared to his conference contemporaries?
Penn State's James Franklin had the Big Ten's third-highest salary at $4.6 million a year.
Frost's annual salary of $5 million would place him 10th nationally, according to the USA Today database.
When then-AD Shawn Eichorst hired Mike Riley, the former Oregon State coach started at $2.7 million per year. Bo Pelini made more than $3 million during his final season in Lincoln.
Recent activity on the national map indicated Nebraska was going to have to open up the checkbook in order to land its guy. UCLA lured Chip Kelly with a four-year, $24 million contract.
Florida hired Dan Mullen last week and he's about to make $6 million per year over six years.
Jimbo Fischer left Florida State for Texas A&M and here's a key reason: $75 million over 10 years.
Frost's buyout with UCF is $3 million.