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Who are the highest paid NCAA football coaches?

Join us for a look at the coaches of today’s college football world who make the most money for the tactics, strategy and ‘know how.’

Update:
Kirby ha tenido una etapa exitosa con los Bulldogs ya que en seis temporadas al mando del equipo registra una marca de 66-15 en temporada regular y de 6-2 en los tazones disputados.
ANDY LYONSAFP

When thinking of salaries in American football, it’s likely that the NFL with its multi-million-dollar contracts comes to mind first. Yet, you’d be surprised to know that the best coaches in college are earning the big bucks as well.

What’s the landscape like in NCAA football?

Though College football does not entail collective bargaining agreements and player associations, like the ones we see at the professional level, rest assured there is a lot of money involved. Indeed, the nation’s top coaches most definitely earn the same kind of money as some of their NFL counterparts. That was never clearer than the recent contract signed by Georgia’s Kirby Smart. The ‘Bulldogs’ coach put pen to paper on a 10-year extension that made him the highest earning coach in the game’s history.

Who is the highest paid coach in college football?

Though for quite some time, it was Lincoln Riley, the USC head coach was reportedly on a contract of approximately $10 million per season, however, his reign at the top came to an end with the aforementioned Smart, who agreed to a deal that is 10 years and valued at $112.5 million. What’s that mean in terms of pay? Smart will take home around $11.25 million per season, which it has to be said is a new benchmark for college coach salaries and one that likely won’t be surpassed for some time. Interestingly, Alabama’s Nick Saban, who was actually Smart’s mentor isn’t far behind with an average of $9.9 million per season.

Top ten highest paid coaches in the NCAA

While Smart’s salary is eye catching, he’s not the only one. It should be noted as well, that he’s a SEC coach. Why’s that important? Simply, because four of the ten highest earners in college football are SEC coaches. When considering the fact that 12 of the last 15 national champions have come from the conference, it begins to make sense that they are so well paid.

On the other hand, that’s not to say that Big Ten coaches don’t make the list. There are three Big Ten coaches are that are ranked in the top 10 earners in the sport: Michigan State’s Mel Tucker, Ohio State’s Ryan Day and Penn State’s James Franklin. It goes without saying, that the number will increase when Riley and the Trojans enter the conference in 2024. If you’re interested in a little more detail, then have a look below at our top 10 highest paid coaches:

RankNameSchoolSalary
1Kirby SmartGeorgia$10.25 million
2Lincoln RileyUSC$10 million
3Nick SabanAlabama$9.9 million
4Brian KellyLSU$9.5 million
5Mel TuckerMichigan State$9.5 million
6Ryan DayOhio State$9.5 million
7Jimbo FisherTexas A&M$9 million
8David ShawStanford$9 million
9Dabo SwinneyClemson$8.5 millioni
10James FranklinPenn State$8.5 million

*Figures shown are estimates. Private institutions are not legally obligated to release employee salaries.*

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