Deion Sanders bets big on new defensive coach: What to know about his Colorado contract

Robert Livingston, Colorado's new defensive coordinator, is set to become the highest-paid assistant coach in the university's history, with a two-year contract totaling $995,000 for 2025.  

Livingston, previously with the Cincinnati Bengals, will earn $800,000 this year, with incentives to stay at Colorado.  

The university agreed to allocate $5 million annually for assistant football coaches, with Deion Sanders having discretion over its distribution.  

Livingston's contract aligns with those of other coordinators, including offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and wide receivers coach Jason Phillips.  

Shurmur, a former NFL head coach, will earn $800,000 this year and $850,000 next year, replacing Sean Lewis, who left for San Diego State.  

Livingston's contract includes provisions for liquidated damages if he leaves within the first 120 days, except for undeniable career advancements like an NFL or college head coaching position.  

Phil Loadholt, the new offensive line coach, will earn $325,000 for a one-year deal, matching his predecessor's salary.  

Jason Phillips, the new wide receivers coach, will earn $315,000 this year and $340,000 next year, filling a vacancy left by Tim Brewster, who departed for Charlotte.  

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