Thanks to USA Today, the latest on coaching salaries in college football was released.
Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is the highest paid coach in the Big 12 at $5.5 million, which also puts him at 4th in the country. Texas’ Charlie Strong is the only other Big 12 coach ranked in the top 15, coming in at #6 with a salary of $5.2 million.
Three Big 12 coaches are ranked between 20 and 30: TCU’s Gary Patterson ($4.01 M), Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy ($3.78 M), and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury ($3.01 M).
K-State head coach Bill Snyder ranks 33rd with a salary of $3.1 million, with West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen ranking 37th at just under $3 million ($2.98M).
Then there is a drop off. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell is ranked 56th with a $2 million salary, while KU’s David Beaty comes in at 84th with a salary under $1 million ($801,000). Then, there’s Baylor’s Jim Grobe, whose salary is not listed, likely because of the unique situation involving his hiring.
So, some interesting notes:
The Big 12 has two of the top ten highest paid coaches in the nation. The Big Ten has three (Harbaugh, Meyer, Ferentz). The SEC leads the way with four.
Of the top 25 highest paid coaches in college football, the Big 12 has four coaches, or 40% of its coaches. Meanwhile, the SEC has 10 of its 14 coaches in the top 25 highest paid coaches in the country. Good for a 70% clip. The Big Ten has 5 of its 14 coaches in the top 25. The ACC only has 3 coaches in the top 25. Then, the Pac 12 also only has 3 coaches in the top 25. The highest paid coach in the Pac 12 is Stanford’s David Shaw, who ranks 19th in the country.
So, the long and short is that the Big 12 is certainly in a good place when it comes to competitive salaries. As a percentage, the Big 12 is 2nd in the nation with number of coaches in the top 25 of salaries.
Here’s another fun tidbit. If you are considering a career change, now might be the time! The first $4 million head coach was Nick Saban in 2007. Now there are 20 coaches in the nation making that much money. Amazing!
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