The highest paid coaches in college football make a ton of money. USA Today has published their list of college football head coaches salaries and College Football now host Tom Downey is here to break down the top 20.
The big names of college football, like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh and Dabo Swinney, are all near the top. That’s not a surprise, but there are a few head-scratchers. While new coaches tend to be higher-paid and so do coaches with extreme longevity, coaches like Lovie Smith ranking in the Top 15 is stunning.
Here’s the complete list of the top 20 highest paid coaches, with analysis in the video.
#20 David Shaw, Stanford: $4.311 MM
#19 Chris Petersen, Washington: $4.377 MM
#18 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State: $4.39 MM
#17 Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: $4.7 MM
T-15 James Franklin, Penn State: $4.8 MM
T-15 - Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma: $4.8 MM
#14 Gary Patterson, TCU: $4.84 MM
T-10 Lovie Smith, Illinois: $5 MM
T-10 Willie Taggart, FSU: $5 MM
T-10 Scott Frost, Nebraska: $5 MM
T-10 Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: $5 MM
#9 Tom Herman, Texas: $5.5 MM
#8 Dan Mullen, Florida: $6.07 MM
#7 Dabo Swinney, Clemson: $6.543 MM
#6 Kirby Smart, Georgia: $6.603 MM
#5 Gus Malzahn, Auburn: $6.705 MM
#4 Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: $7.5 MM
#3 Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: $7.504 MM
#2 Urban Meyer, Ohio State: $7.6 MM
#1 Nick Saban, Alabama: $8.307 MMBack to the NCAA Newsfeed