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Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 02/13/2011

Vinny Cerrato's consulting rate

By Dan Steinberg

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.

(Via @D1scourse.)

By Dan Steinberg  | February 13, 2011; 10:31 PM ET
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Comments

Vinny is absolutely a clown, but there's not too many consultants in any field that work for < $100 an hour. It's actually kind of sad & pathetic.

Posted by: kidbrosweets | February 13, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

well well, Vinny the ninny Cerrato, a WHAT? Consultant? Paying him to consult in advisory role is like paying Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen to guard your stash.

Must be consulting on reverse loserism. Loseristics is a branch of study in which Vinny is the perfect subject!

Here's how it works: whatever he recommends, do the exact opposite.. can't go wrong! A foolproof philosophy Dan Snyder should have followed!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 14, 2011 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Dude, I know you hate Cerrato. Everybody does. But I can't believe you are quibbling over $750 per day. Come on! I agree the idea of having Cerrato anywhere near a football team is ludicrous but so is thinking $750 per day is too much.

By the way, if you think Vinny making $750 per day is crazy what do you think of a hack like Matt Millen making way much more at ESPN? He totally ruined the Lions and set them back for years and yet he has a well paying job in football. At least Vinny has the excuse of not being the GM, of being Snyder's yes-man...Matt Millen made all those WR #1 picks in Detroit.

Posted by: tundey | February 14, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

well thanks to the spread offence, you don't need linemen at the college level.

Now most consultants don't work every day of the year, at best they are getting part time work. I bet Vinny pulls down less than 80k a year now.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 14, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

How much does Cerrato charge per hour to consult on elementary school gang violence?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/02/vinny_cerratos_first_ninja_sce.html

Posted by: mikeinrockville | February 14, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Really not that much money in this field and this day and age. When i saw the headline, i was expecting it to be exponentially more.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Vinny's negative impact on the Skins will be felt for a few more years kind of like Jim Bowden and the Nationals.

Bad GMs really have a lasting effect over a several year period.

I remember that Kwame Brown pick by the Wiz many years ago, how did that work out?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | February 14, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I would say the Kwame pick worked out pretty well. We got a 2 time All Star and made 3 playoffs as a result of Caron Butler's contributions to the team. A much better example would have been the Wes Unseld era as GM, in which we traded our young talent every year for over the hill veterans. The impact of those moves was felt for many years.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 14, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

$750/day is a relative bargain for a consultant. My company pays an IT project consultant almost $350/hr. Granted HE knows his ... from a hole in the ground.

Posted by: JCNKY | February 14, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

surefire ways to fix the economy/your football program/et cetera:

- throw up your hands when you encounter a problem
- throw money at an outsider who's less familiar with the nuances of your organization than you are
- have that person come in for a short period of time and attempt to fix the problems you should be fixing yourself

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | February 14, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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