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UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, seen in 2012, has had a hefty two-step raise approved by the University of California Board of Regents.

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The Buzz: UCLA assistant football coach gets massive raise

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Big hike for a coach

in UCLA football program

The University of California Board of Regents approved a pay hike Thursday for UCLA’s offensive line coach that would more than double his pay over the next two years.

Adrian Klemm currently earns $340,000.

In an effort to keep him from leaving for rival USC, the university offered him a two-year contract guaranteeing that he will receive $650,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 in 2015-16.

Because the 91.2 percent raise in the first year exceeds the 30 percent allowed under UC rules, it required approval from the Board of Regents, who discussed it during closed session and passed it without objection. The raise for Klemm was part of a package of five compensation changes they approved.

The deal would keep Klemm’s $250,000 base salary, but boost his talent fee from $90,000 to $400,000 and then to $500,000 over the next two academic years. The contract, which runs through June 2016 and also includes a $63,000 signing bonus, would be funded through athletic department revenue and private fundraising; no state funds would be used.

UCLA’s head football coach, Jim Mora, will make $3.25 million in base salary this season.

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