Michigan Wolverines news: The highest-paid DC in CFB, plus Hunter Dickinson goes off

The new Michigan football defensive coordinator is the highest-paid in college football plus more Michigan Wolverines news.
Giants defensive coordinator Don \"Wink\" Martindale during warm ups prior to the Houston Texans at
Giants defensive coordinator Don \"Wink\" Martindale during warm ups prior to the Houston Texans at / Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA

Most Michigan football fans are really excited about Wink Martindale as the Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator this season and for the next three. But as it turns out, Sherrone Moore had to break the bank to hire Martindale, which is a great sign moving forward.

It was reported on Thursday that Martindale will make $2.3 million this season and as much as $2.75 million in the 2026 season, which makes him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in all of college football. The new Michigan football DC will make more than the old one, Jesse Minter, who made about $1.5 million last season.

Of course, Michigan football fans know the history well. Mike Macdonald, a former assistant under Martindale in Baltimore led the Michigan Wolverines defense in 2021. He was vital in the win over Ohio State, just as Minter, another former Martindale assistant, was the past two seasons.

Martindale said that he's super tight with Minter and has watched every Michigan football game for the past three seasons. Wink is known as being more blitz-happy than Minter, which he even acknowledged, but he also said every year is different and he's not married to bringing pressure.

The Michigan Wolverines also upped the pay of Brian Jean-Mary paying him over $900K, while Tony Alford will make $850K to coach running backs at Michigan football instead of Ohio State.

Former Michigan Wolverines star goes off in NCAA tournament

Former Michigan basketball star Hunter Dickinson transferred last offseason to get that bag of NIL money from Kansas and proved to be worth every penny on Thursday night, scoring 19 points, grabbing 20 rebounds, and dishing out five assists, including a couple in the final minutes that allowed Kansas to avoid an upset loss to Samford, winning 93-89.


However, Kentucky suffered a much different fate. Some Michigan Wolverines fans have been hoping for coach John Calipari as Michigan head coach, but after losing in the first round yet again, he might actually be available. Kentucky Fans are ready to move on and they aren't being nice about it.