The Mount Rushmore of coaching salaries

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I wonder how many of these guys will still be at the same job five years from now.

By the way, out of 130 coaches, the lowest ranked SEC coach is still in the top 50 nationally.  Now, we just need a ranking of coaches’ agents.

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UPDATE:  More fun details here.

► The average total pay for the 122 FBS coaches for whom USA TODAY Sports could obtain compensation figures is $2.67 million, up 9% compared to last season. The increase is the largest in four years.

► For the first time, there is a league in which all of the coaches are making at least $3 million. It’s the 14-school Southeastern Conference, in which the average total pay is $4.95 million.

► Thirty-three coaches would be owed eight-figure buyouts if they were fired without cause on Dec. 1, with 13 of those buyouts exceeding $20 million. (Some buyout clauses contain offset and mitigation language that could decrease the amount paid to the coach if he secures another job.)

Your typical college AD would get fleeced at a neighborhood poker game.

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39 responses to “The Mount Rushmore of coaching salaries

  1. Biggus Rickus

    Purdue is paying Jeff Brohm that much? I realize he was a commodity a couple of years ago, but one 7-6 season translated to THAT?

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      Part of that for this year was a signing bonus but even still, I think his contract averages around $5 million per year for 7 years. We’ve come a long way from how incredulous everyone was when Bama gave Saban $4 million a year to come from the Dolphins.

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    • Will (the other one)

      They really didn’t want him leaving for Louisville after last season.

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  2. Mayor

    As long as there are ADs who think that they can win a conference champion ion ship and/or a national championship by paying an average HC millions of dollars there will be Jimmy Sextons who take advantage of that. Look at that list of highest paid coaches above. Only 3 have won a national title.

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    • jollyrogerjay

      And one, Gus, absolutely blew one. I was in Pasadena for that and will never forgive him. Everyone in that stadium knew Jimbo and the Seminoles were going to fake that punt right before halftime with Auburn leading 21-3. DAMN! It still hurts my heart.

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  3. ATL Dawg

    It’s about time for another nugget of Dabo wisdom about how wrong it is for the players to get any money.

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  4. 3rdandGrantham

    The fact that Harbaugh is #3 behind Saban and Swinney is laughable. Dude seriously should give a nice chunk of that back to UM and apologize for fleecing them.

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    • Jimbo Fisher

      Hold my beer.

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    • Michael

      Every one of Harbaugh’s five teams at Michigan have been better (by SP+) than Herman’s three teams at Texas or Jimbo’s two teams at A&M (save for Jimbo’s team last year being in the range of Harbaugh’s five Michigan teams). If Finebaum could pick a name out of the phone book and expect that his find would be better than Harbaugh, then what does that say about Jimbo or Herman?

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        At least Herman has things trending up there in year three, while Harbaugh is trending downward in year 5. As for Jimbo, he’s only in his second year so I’ll give him more time, and historically TAMU hasnt been anywhere near the power that Michigan has been.

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        • Michael

          Herman is trending up in that his team last year was in the 30s (seriously, look at their results in the Big XII) and this year, they are in the high 20s, but that’s nowhere close to where Harbaugh’s teams have been at Michigan. Even this year’s Michigan team, which has been disappointing, is #14 and Texas is #28.

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  5. RangerRuss

    Gotdam it’s just easy spending somebody else’s money.

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  6. Fisher is first out, imo. The couple times I’ve watched aTm they looked like a very poorly coached team. Very poorly! Harbaugh might be next out, or first.

    This goes back to something I thought about after the Kentucky game- I feel like it’s just not meant to happen if Kirby Smart can’t get at least one title. I’ve never debated retain/fire based on national titles but that’s clearly why he was hired.

    t’s potentially a great story that Kirby grew up a Dawg and then became one. He’s been through and seen the ups and downs. He also coached and witnessed building a multiple NC program. So he came home and was immediately given a level of support that at least the last 3 guys never even came close to getting. No pressure.

    People are already talking about firing Harbaugh, a Michigan man, in year 5. He’s won 73% of his games. Kirby is at 78%. Of course, there are differences in vs ranked records and conference titles but that’s still not a gulf. Stadium renovations, locker room renovations, support staff, salary, etc- I wonder if all this extra investment and support makes a program more or less willing to keep a coach.

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    • Otto

      If Smart had the same record against UTk, UF, and Auburn as Harbaugh has against anOSU, MSU, and ND, UGA fans would be talking about firing Smart.

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      • Michael

        If OSU, ND, and MSU had been on the level of UT, UF, and Auburn in Harbaugh’s first five years, then Michigan people would be talking about building a statue of the guy who has won the Big Ten two or three times in four years.

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    • Not to burst your bubble, but Fisher ain’t going anywhere anytime soon because Jimmy Sexton is the GOAT. If A&M decides to let him go, there is no incremental buyout that phases out over time – they owe him whatever is left on the contract. If Fisher decides to leave, he owes them $0.

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  7. Rex

    This is the reason colleges will have to start paying players at some point. Giant TV contracts allowed for coaches salaries to increase to this point while the players get $50,000 worth of educational services, room, and board. I’m totally against paying players, but the difference between what the coaches get and what the players get is embarrassing.

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  8. DawgPhan

    It’s pretty surprising that the average salary is over 2.6mm. That’s a lot of money to coach Liberty or UTSA.

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  9. Go Dawgs!

    You really have to tip your hat to the ADs at Texas and Michigan. The other 5 head coaches in the Top 7 have either won national championships or have at least appeared in the national title game as head coaches. Jim Harbaugh? He’s appeared in the Ohio State game, though he still has yet to win it. I guess Michigan had to put up the money to convince him to leave the NFL, but what’s Texas’ excuse? What in the hell has Tom Herman done to justify $6.8 million a year? Win the Sugar Bowl against an uninterested Georgia team? Because that’s literally the extent of his resume at Texas. He did win the OU game last year, but that was also wiped out by OU mashing them in the Big 12 title game.

    And Jeff Brohm?! Purdue, you should have let him go to Louisville if you wanted to. Sweet mercy. $6.6 million for that guy.

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  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    So….Georgia should beat Florida, but with ONLY $800 K difference in coaching salaries, it will be close?

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  11. Tony Barnfart

    I think it’s obscene that some of these coaches make $3m/yr when their programs need outside capital infusions in the neighborhood of $30m/yr to be able to “compete” with the big boys. I’m looking at you AAC.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      I suppose “outside capital” is the wrong term…… maybe I should say revenue not derived from operations.

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  12. TN Dawg

    It’s certainly excessive.

    But then people still pack in the stadiums to watch and spend an outrageous fortune to do so. You have to wonder if at some point the cost of watching a game hits the point where people just stop going.

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  13. PTC DAWG

    IF you have ever bought a ticket, or watched a game on TV, bought some SWAG of the college of your choice, etc…..you are a part of these salaries…the Coaches thank us.

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  14. Mick Jagger

    Our priorities are badly skewed!

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  15. Mick Jagger

    $20,000 a day to coach?!?

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  16. ASEF

    So it’s ok for boosters to light piles of money on fire for coaches, but it’s wrong if they they do it for players.

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  17. Bad news appears to be on the horizon for those who want the Cocktail Party out of Jacksonville.

    https://www.onlineathens.com/sports/20191022/extension-to-uga-florida-game-in-jacksonville-in-works

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  18. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    It ju$t mean$ more!

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  19. Harold Miller

    But it’s wrong to boo these guys when they are producing a steaming pile of dung on the field?

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  20. BuffaloSpringfield

    All this states is that the folks at Michigan, Purdue, aTm and the Barn are full ineptitude

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