Money talks: College football coaches’ (somewhat ridiculous) salaries

Yeah, I’m nosy. I’ll be the first to admit that. So when USA Today put out a list of coaches salaries, I happily clicked the link and scoffed or laughed (depending on the who or where situation).

Some of these salaries make complete sense, considering what that particular coach has A) done for the school and the community and B) winning pays. But some of the others are complete head-scratchers. We are ALL looking at you, Bret Bielema.

Sooo here it is, the coaches and their salaries via USA Today:

RANK SCHOOL CONF HEAD COACH SCHOOL PAY OTHER PAY TOTAL PAY MAX BONUS STAFF PAY
1
Alabama
SEC
Nick Saban
$5,395,852 $150,000 $5,545,852 $700,000
2
Texas
Big 12
Mack Brown
$5,392,500 $61,250 $5,453,750 $850,000
3
Arkansas
SEC
Bret Bielema
$5,158,863 $5,158,863 $700,000
4
Tennessee
SEC
Butch Jones
$4,860,000 $0 $4,860,000 $1,000,000
5
Oklahoma
Big 12
Bob Stoops
$4,741,667 $31,500 $4,773,167 $819,500
6
Ohio State
Big Ten
Urban Meyer
$4,608,000 $0 $4,608,000 $550,000
7
LSU
SEC
Les Miles
$4,300,000 $159,363 $4,459,363 $700,000
8
Michigan
Big Ten
Brady Hoke
$4,154,000 $0 $4,154,000 $550,000
9
Iowa
Big Ten
Kirk Ferentz
$3,985,000 $0 $3,985,000 $1,750,000
10
Louisville
AAC
Charlie Strong
$3,700,000 $38,500 $3,738,500 $808,333
11
Oklahoma State
Big 12
Mike Gundy
$3,450,000 $3,450,000 $550,000
12
South Carolina
SEC
Steve Spurrier
$3,300,000 $22,500 $3,322,500 $1,550,000
13
Georgia
SEC
Mark Richt
$3,200,000 $114,000 $3,314,000 $1,000,000
14
Penn State
Big Ten
Bill O’Brien
$3,282,779 $3,282,779 $200,000
15
Cincinnati
AAC
Tommy Tuberville
$3,143,000 $0 $3,143,000 $465,000
16
Texas Christian
Big 12
Gary Patterson
$3,120,760 $3,120,760
17
Texas A&M
SEC
Kevin Sumlin
$3,100,000 $300 $3,100,300 $750,000
18
Nebraska
Big Ten
Bo Pelini
$2,975,000 $2,975,000 $1,000,000
19
Kansas State
Big 12
Bill Snyder
$2,800,000 $3,000 $2,803,000 $580,000
20
Missouri
SEC
Gary Pinkel
$2,800,000 $200 $2,800,200 $850,000
21
Florida State
ACC
Jimbo Fisher
$2,750,000 $0 $2,750,000 $675,000
22
Florida
SEC
Will Muschamp
$2,724,500 $10,000 $2,734,500 $454,000
23
Mississippi State
SEC
Dan Mullen
$2,700,000 $0 $2,700,000 $650,000
24
West Virginia
Big 12
Dana Holgorsen
$2,630,000 $0 $2,630,000 $600,000
25
Southern California
PAC-12
Lane Kiffin
$2,594,091 $2,594,091
26
Washington
PAC-12
Steve Sarkisian
$2,575,000 $0 $2,575,000 $1,525,000
27
North Carolina State
ACC
Dave Doeren
$2,550,000 $5,000 $2,555,000 $1,000,000
28
Clemson
ACC
Dabo Swinney
$2,540,024 $10,000 $2,550,024 $775,000
29
Virginia Tech
ACC
Frank Beamer
$2,491,616 $50,000 $2,541,616 $382,500
30
Georgia Tech
ACC
Paul Johnson
$2,513,000 $2,500 $2,515,500 $1,025,000
31
Kansas
Big 12
Charlie Weis
$2,500,000 $3,727 $2,503,727 $615,000
32
Auburn
SEC
Gus Malzahn
$2,440,000 $2,440,000 $1,250,000
33
Utah
PAC-12
Kyle Whittingham
$2,427,100 $2,427,100 $740,000
34
Baylor
Big 12
Art Briles
$2,426,360 $2,426,360
35
Colorado
PAC-12
Mike MacIntyre
$2,403,500 $2,403,500 $1,500,000
36
California
PAC-12
Sonny Dykes
$2,394,000 $2,394,000 $304,000
37
Arizona State
PAC-12
Todd Graham
$2,300,000 $3,020 $2,303,020 $3,159,000
38
UCLA
PAC-12
Jim Mora
$2,300,000 $0 $2,300,000 $750,000
39
Wake Forest
ACC
Jim Grobe
$2,251,635 $2,251,635
40
Washington State
PAC-12
Mike Leach
$2,250,000 $0 $2,250,000 $625,000
41
Northwestern
Big Ten
Pat Fitzgerald
$2,221,153 $2,221,153
42
Virginia
ACC
Mike London
$2,173,200 $16,503 $2,189,703 $715,000
43
Purdue
Big Ten
Darrell Hazell
$2,160,833 $2,160,833 $1,095,000
44
Boise State
Mt. West
Chris Petersen
$2,148,000 $3,500 $2,151,500 $290,000
45
Arizona
PAC-12
Rich Rodriguez
$1,850,000 $300,000 $2,150,000 $610,000
46
Miami
ACC
Al Golden
$2,148,107 $2,148,107
47
Wisconsin
Big Ten
Gary Andersen
$2,035,823 $85,000 $2,120,823 $440,000
48
Maryland
ACC
Randy Edsall
$2,021,440 $4,000 $2,025,440 $950,000
49
Mississippi
SEC
Hugh Freeze
$2,000,000 $5,500 $2,005,500 $1,575,000
50
Kentucky
SEC
Mark Stoops
$2,001,250 $2,001,250 $1,475,000
51
Michigan State
Big Ten
Mark Dantonio
$1,959,744 $0 $1,959,744 $650,000
52
Southern Methodist
AAC
June Jones
$1,911,511 $1,911,511
53
Texas Tech
Big 12
Kliff Kingsbury
$1,855,000 $300 $1,855,300 $600,000
54
Vanderbilt
SEC
James Franklin
$1,842,771 $1,842,771
55
South Florida
AAC
Willie Taggart
$1,807,745 $1,807,745 $650,000
56
Oregon
PAC-12
Mark Helfrich
$1,800,000 $1,800,000 $1,035,000
57
Duke
ACC
David Cutcliffe
$1,792,285 $1,792,285
58
North Carolina
ACC
Larry Fedora
$1,730,000 $1,730,000 $345,835
59
Iowa State
Big 12
Paul Rhoads
$1,700,000 $12,282 $1,712,282 $950,000
60
Illinois
Big Ten
Tim Beckman
$1,700,000 $0 $1,700,000 $80,000
61
Connecticut
AAC
Paul Pasqualoni
$1,700,000 $1,700,000 $116,666
62
Central Florida
AAC
George O’Leary
$1,534,728 $0 $1,534,728 $600,000
63 Ind.
Ken Niumatalolo
$1,514,240 $0 $1,514,240
64
Oregon State
PAC-12
Mike Riley
$1,417,843 $1,417,843 $360,000
65
Colorado State
Mt. West
Jim McElwain
$1,350,000 $1,350,000 $150,000
66
Indiana
Big Ten
Kevin Wilson
$1,291,220 $1,291,220 $780,000
67
Minnesota
Big Ten
Jerry Kill
$1,200,000 $1,200,000 $875,000
68
Wyoming
Mt. West
Dave Christensen
$1,200,000 $1,200,000 $25,000
69
East Carolina
CUSA
Ruffin McNeill
$1,150,000 $0 $1,150,000 $380,000
70
Notre Dame
Ind.
Brian Kelly
$1,088,179 $1,088,179
71
Memphis
AAC
Justin Fuente
$956,779 $0 $956,779 $625,000
72
Air Force
Mt. West
Troy Calhoun
$882,000 $21,100 $903,100 $247,500
73
Houston
AAC
Tony Levine
$900,000 $2,100 $902,100 $340,000
74
Rutgers
AAC
Kyle Flood
$850,000 $10,000 $860,000 $350,000
75
Western Kentucky
Sun Belt
Bobby Petrino
$855,600 $855,600 $355,000
76
Louisiana-Lafayette
Sun Belt
Mark Hudspeth
$800,000 $3,000 $803,000 $105,000
77
San Diego State
Mt. West
Rocky Long
$800,000 $0 $800,000 $855,000
78
New Mexico
Mt. West
Bob Davie
$763,600 $0 $763,600 $330,000
79
Arkansas State
Sun Belt
Bryan Harsin
$724,597 $724,597 $245,000
80
Middle Tennessee State
CUSA
Rick Stockstill
$701,504 $2,500 $704,004 $157,809
81
Southern Mississippi
CUSA
Todd Monken
$700,000 $1,200 $701,200 $133,333
82
Fresno State
Mt. West
Tim DeRuyter
$650,000 $5,000 $655,000 $1,685,000
83
Rice
CUSA
David Bailiff
$646,386 $646,386
84
Marshall
CUSA
Doc Holliday
$607,070 $14,250 $621,320 $80,000
85
Hawaii
Mt. West
Norm Chow
$550,000 $70,000 $620,000 $880,000
86
Tulsa
CUSA
Bill Blankenship
$619,549 $619,549
87
Alabama at Birmingham
CUSA
Garrick McGee
$550,000 $0 $550,000 $330,000
88
North Texas
CUSA
Dan McCarney
$545,000 $300 $545,300 $85,000
89
Nevada
Mt. West
Brian Polian
$525,000 $525,000 $250,000
90
San Jose State
Mt. West
Ron Caragher
$525,000 $525,000 $195,000
91
Ohio
MAC
Frank Solich
$502,400 $11,500 $513,900 $299,350
92
Louisiana Tech
CUSA
Skip Holtz
$500,000 $10,000 $510,000 $295,000
93
Georgia State
Sun Belt
Trent Miles
$510,000 $510,000 $304,500
94
Nevada-Las Vegas
Mt. West
Bobby Hauck
$500,000 $3,749 $503,749 $140,000
95
Utah State
Mt. West
Matt Wells
$500,000 $2,500 $502,500 $735,000
96
Florida International
CUSA
Ron Turner
$500,000 $500,000 $120,000
97
Texas-El Paso
CUSA
Sean Kugler
$500,000 $500,000 $449,999
98
Florida Atlantic
CUSA
Carl Pelini
$496,124 $1,100 $497,224 $317,500
99
Troy
Sun Belt
Larry Blakeney
$480,000 $1,000 $481,000 $67,500
100
Toledo
MAC
Matt Campbell
$455,000 $2,500 $457,500 $400,000
101
Old Dominion
Ind.
Bobby Wilder
$450,000 $0 $450,000 $0
102
Massachusetts
MAC
Charley Molnar
$417,730 $1,200 $418,930 $162,500
103
Army
Ind.
Rich Ellerson
$401,500 $0 $401,500 $550,000
104
Bowling Green
MAC
Dave Clawson
$400,000 $1,000 $401,000 $109,000
105
Idaho
Ind.
Paul Petrino
$400,011 $0 $400,011 $152,000
106
Miami Ohio
MAC
Don Treadwell
$400,000 $0 $400,000 $393,660
107
Akron
MAC
Terry Bowden
$400,000 $0 $400,000 $205,000
108
Ball State
MAC
Pete Lembo
$396,000 $3,000 $399,000 $265,000
109
Western Michigan
MAC
P.J. Fleck
$392,500 $392,500 $236,000
110
South Alabama
Sun Belt
Joey Jones
$358,450 $26,000 $384,450 $38,871
111
Kent State
MAC
Paul Haynes
$382,500 $382,500 $261,000
112
Northern Illinois
MAC
Roderick Carey
$375,000 $1,000 $376,000 $205,000
113
New Mexico State
Ind.
Doug Martin
$375,000 $375,000 $185,000
114
Eastern Michigan
MAC
Ron English
$374,937 $0 $374,937 $90,000
115
Texas State
Sun Belt
Dennis Franchione
$366,075 $7,300 $373,375 $132,500
116
Central Michigan
MAC
Dan Enos
$360,000 $600 $360,600 $224,000
117
Texas-San Antonio
CUSA
Larry Coker
$350,000 $1,150 $351,150 $30,000
118
Buffalo
MAC
Jeff Quinn
$325,000 $325,000 $335,000
119
Louisiana-Monroe
Sun Belt
Todd Berry
$288,268 $288,268 $42,500
120
Boston College
ACC
Steve Addazio
121
Pittsburgh
ACC
Paul Chryst
122
Brigham Young
Ind.
Bronco Mendenhall
123
Temple
AAC
Matt Rhule
124
Syracuse
ACC
Scott Shafer
125
Stanford
PAC-12
David Shaw
126
Tulane
CUSA
Curtis Johnson

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