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USA Today Reveals College Football Head Coaches' Salaries for Every FBS School

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, USA Today released a table detailing the 2013 salary of every FBS head coach in college football.

Alabama's Nick Saban led the way, hauling in a tidy sum of $5,545,852; Texas coach Mack Brown, who has been the subject of incessant hot-seat talk both before and during the season, was second. 

Here is a full list of the 10 highest-paid coaches:

Highest Paid College Football Coaches in 2013
NameSchoolTotal Pay2013 RecordCareer Wins
1. Nick SabanAlabama$5,545,8528-0167
2. Mack BrownTexas$5,453,7506-2242
3. Bret BielemaArkansas$5,158,8633-671
4. Butch JonesTennessee$4,860,0004-554
5. Bob StoopsOklahoma$4,773,1677-1156
6. Urban MeyerOhio State$4,608,0009-0125
7. Les MilesLSU$4,459,3637-2120
8. Brady HokeMichigan$4,154,0006-272
9. Kirk FerentzIowa$3,985,0005-4117
10. Charlie StrongLouisville$3,738,5007-132
Source: USA Today

Additionally, here are the 10 biggest bargains among coaches from BCS conferences, using the metric "Dollars Earned per 2013 Win":

Biggest Bargain Coaches From BCS Conferences
NameSchoolRecordSalary$/Win
1. Tony LevineHouston7-1$902,100$128,871
2. Mark HelfrichOregon8-0$1,800,000$225,000
3. Mike RileyOregon State6-3$1,417,843$236,307
4. Mark DantonioMichigan State8-1$1,959,744$244,968
5. George O'LearyCentral Florida6-1$1,534,728$255,788
6. Kliff KingsburyTexas Tech7-2$1,855,300$265,042
7. David CutcliffeDuke6-2$1,792,285$298,714
8. Gus MalzahnAuburn8-1$2,440,000$305,000
9. Al GoldenMiami7-1$2,148,107$306,872
10. Dabo SwinneyClemson8-1$2,550,024$318,752
Source: USA Today

*Note: Five BCS coaches were unlisted: Steve Addazio (Boston College), Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh), Matt Rhule (Temple), Scott Shafer (Syracuse) and David Shaw (Stanford). 

That metric, of course, is slightly flawed to look at midseason, since it only takes wins into account and leaves out percentages.

Art Briles was on the outskirts of breaking the top 10, but Baylor has only played seven games while teams like Auburn and Clemson have played nine. He makes less money than Gus Malzahn and Dabo Swinney, and has obviously been a better value.

On the flip side of that table listed above, first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema weighs in—pun intended—as the biggest rip-off, banking $1,719,621 for each of his three wins and infinity dollars for each of his wins over an SEC opponent.

He is the third highest-paid coach in college football.

This just serves as an example of the many fun things we can look at now that USA Today has made all of this information public. Knowledge is power, and now these numbers are completely transparent for all of the world to interpret.

 

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