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REPORT: Texas has second largest football staff in nation

Posted May 16th, 2017

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Texas football has a combined 44 on-field coaches, strength coaches, graduate assistants and support staff, according to CBS Sports, giving the program the second-biggest staff in college football.

The report by Dennis Dodd used a NCAA survey to gather the information and it revealed that Notre Dame, with 45 staffers, is the largest in college football. Texas is followed by Georgia (42), Auburn (41) and Michigan (40).

Big 12 commissioner and NCAA Oversight Committee chairman Bob Bowlsby said the numbers should be taken with “six or seven grains of salt,” as the survey wasn’t exactly scientific. According to CBS Sports, “the methodology to measure the staff sizes of 127 FBS schools in 2016 came from mere website research.”

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Staff sizes have become a hot-topic in college football these days as some argue that it relates to a “competitive advantage.”

Programs are allowed nine on-field coaches, five strength coaches and four graduate assistants, but the support staff has been a source of the bloated numbers. Support staff can include analysts, consultants and others.

According to CBS Sports, Texas has 22 support staffers, two more than Alabama and the same as defending national champion Clemson.

Not surprisingly, the numbers are likely related to the hiring coach Tom Herman, who unlike Charlie Strong, has made it a priority to compete with the likes of Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State in terms of staff size, facilities and other off-field resources.

 

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