Vinny Cerrato's consulting rate
We knew back in December that Texas football coach Mack Brown had enlisted Vinny Cerrato's help as a consultant, charged with "analyzing the program inside and out and helping Mack through the hiring process."
We also knew that Cerrato and Brown had a longstanding relationship, that Cerrato said included an invitation for him to address the Longhorns for 30 minutes before their BCS title game appearance against Alabmaa.
What we didn't know -- or at least, what I didn't know -- was that Cerrato's services don't come cheap. From the Austin American-Stateman's Sunday edition:
Cerrato was paid his usual consulting fee of $1,500 after coming in for two days to observe the Monday and Tuesday practices before the A&M game. He said he was paid only to evaluate the players, not Brown's coaching staff.
His "usual consulting fee?" There are lots of coaches who wish to pay $750 a day to a man who drafted Devin Thomas and Fred Davis before DeSean Jackson, who was the architect behind a team that went from the playoffs to 4-12 in two short seasons?
Let's see, $750 a day would be $3,750 a week, $7,500 a pay period and $195,000 a year. More or less. I knew I should have been a consultant. "Take more wide receivers, coach, and you'll be all set. Hee hee hee."
"I told Mack he had a bunch of good, young, talented players and that his incoming freshman class was outstanding," Cerrato told the paper. "When I was at Notre Dame, I'd have loved to have 'em all. The future is definitely bright...I was really impressed with their young offensive and defensive linemen..."
You were? Really? I'm surprised. I didn't know young offensive and defensive linemen could ever impress you.
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