It pays to be wanted.
Adrian Klemm, UCLA’s offensive line coach, has seen his annual salary nearly double since he was approached by USC last fall.
Klemm’s new contract, which was approved by the University of California regents on Thursday, guarantees him $650,000 a year beginning April 1, and could reach $823,000 with other contingencies.
Klemm’s old contract guaranteed him $340,000, up to $490,000.
In requesting the pay hike, UCLA submitted that Klemm was “a very talented recruiter and essential to the team’s success.”
Klemm has been ranked among the nation's top 25 recruiters by recruiting websites. UCLA had a record of 10-3 last season and won the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Klemm's salary is funded entirely by UCLA athletic department revenue and private fundraising.