USA Today's updated coaching salary database for 2013
Building on their extremely informative and interesting coaching salary database of 2012, USA Today has released their 2013 version of the head coaching salary database, full of great information.
A familiar name sits on the top of the list, with Nick Saban making over $5.5 million, followed by another familiar name in Texas' Mack Brown at just under $5.4 million. Rounding out the top ten are Bret Bielema (a decent portion of his salary is coming from Wisconsin, his Arkansas salary alone would place him 13th at $3.1 million), Butch Jones (annual Tennessee salary: $3.03 million, 18th highest), Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Brady Hoke, Kirk Ferentz and Charlie Strong.
In other words, no huge surprises as far as names go. Bielema and Jones are newcomers to the top ten in their first years at each of their respective schools, and Brady Hoke and Charlie Strong are also new to the top ten this season.
Names that were among the top ten last year that missed the cut this year (all for very different reasons) include; Steve Spurrier (#7 in 2012), Gene Chizik (#8 in 2012), Chip Kelly (#9 in 2012) and Gary Patterson (#10 in 2012)
As for conferences, the SEC has four coaches listed among the top 10, with the Big Ten close behind with three, the Big 12 with two and the American with one.
The bottom five schools that have reported salaries for their head coach include; Texas State's Dennis Franchione ($366,075), Central Michigan's Dan Enos ($360,000), Texas-San Antonio's Larry Coker ($350,000), Buffalo's Jeff Quinn ($325,000) and Louisiana-Monroe's Todd Berry ($288,268).
(Bookmark it while you're there, chances are you're going to want to take another peek within the coming days or weeks.)
Below we have included some good observations of the database from around Twitter. Enjoy.
The median coach in the Big Ten makes about $1 million less than the median coach in the SEC. But sure, blame academic standards.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 6, 2013
One note on our college football database: This is just for 2013. Bielema and Jones are in the top five to due pay related to their hiring.— Erick Smith (@erick_smith) November 6, 2013
Wow, you can get two Mark Dantonios for the price of one Kirk Ferentz.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 6, 2013
The SEC and Big Ten have 15 of the 25 highest-paid coaches in college football. The Pac-12 has one, and it's Lane Kiffin.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) November 6, 2013
As of today, Bielema making $1,728,621 per win. Conversely, Rod Carey at $41,777/win, Pete Lembo at $49,875/win.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 6, 2013
All 14 SEC HCs rank in top 54 in total pay. 10 are in the top 23. Six are in the top 13.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 6, 2013
Highest-paid non-AQ HC is Chris Petersen at $2.151 M. Petersen ranks 44th among FBS HCs, just behind Mike London and Darrell Hazell.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 6, 2013
What does Gary Pinkel do for $200 annually in "other pay?" Some light gardening?— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 6, 2013