How limited was OSU financially in 1983? Jimmy Johnson interviewed with Rice

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From Bill Haisten's latest column...

The 1983 OSU coaching staff was loaded with talent. At that time, the university’s athletic department was starved for money. So were Johnson’s staff members. So was Johnson himself.

At the time, Johnson’s age was 40. His base salary was a modest $65,000. His total-package compensation amounted to less than $150,000. Outside-income sources included Tulsa’s KTUL-8 (which produced and televised Johnson’s weekly coach’s show) and the Puma shoe company (which provided an amount believed to have been no more than $10,000 a year).

Johnson’s assistants included offensive coordinator Larry Coker (who later would also coach the Miami Hurricanes to a national title), receivers coach Butch Davis (who would go on to win two Super Bowl rings as a Dallas assistant and eventually became a head coach with the Miami Hurricanes and Cleveland Browns, and at North Carolina and FIU); and defensive coordinator Pat Jones (who would succeed Johnson as the OSU head coach and eventually had a 10-year run as an NFL assistant).

Yurcich now is the highest-paid assistant coach in OSU history. In 1983, Jones was the highest-paid assistant. He made $32,000.
Watson Brown got the Rice job (head coaching football and athletic director at that time), but also of note was Johnson's interview process...

It now is common practice for school officials and coaching candidates to meet at top-secret locations in the Dallas area. When Rice officials met with Johnson, there was nothing top-secret about it.

As Oklahoma State assistant coaches were in their offices, preparing for the Cowboys’ Bluebonnet Bowl clash with Baylor or working on recruiting assignments, Johnson walked past with Rice representatives clad in suits.

At that time, the OSU football offices were positioned on the west edge of Gallagher-Iba Arena. The assistants were on the ground floor. The head coach’s office was upstairs, and that’s where Johnson met with his visitors from Rice.
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How did his salary compare to other coaches in this part of the country, Arky, OU, UT, etc?
From the Washington Post in 1982:

Paul (Bear) Bryant, Alabama football coach, is the highest wage-earner in college football, getting a base salary and benefits totaling $450,000 yearly, the Miami Herald reported in yesterday's editions.

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Bryant is followed in the top 10 by Oklahoma's Barry Switzer, $270,000 yearly; Jackie Sherrill, new head coach at Texas A&M, $240,000 annually after signing a six-year contract; Arkansas' Lou Holtz, $226,000; Kentucky's Jerry Claiborne, who previously coached at the University of Maryland, $152,500; Miami's Howard Schnellenberger, $150,000; Colorado's Chuck Fairbanks, $150,000; Michigan's Bo Schembechler, $147,500; Nebraska's Tom Osborne, $140,500, and Florida State's Bobby Bowden, $140,000, the Herald reported.