USA Today released their annual coaches salaries report, and it confirms that college football coaches do indeed make a lot of money.
At the top of the list for the Big 12 is Tom Herman at eighth in the country overall as Texas is set to pay him $5,486,316 for his services this season. At the bottom of the Big 12 is David Beaty. Don’t feel too sorry for coach Beaty though as Kansas is paying him well at $1,601,109.
One of the biggest surprises — not that it’s actually a surprise, just shocking when you compare them — is when you compare the Big 12’s two blue bloods. Texas and Oklahoma are the heavy hitters in the conference and both are debuting brand new coaches. However, Texas is paying nearly triple what Oklahoma is paying coach Lincoln Riley.
Here’s how the Big 12 stacked up. Baylor, as a private school, does not have to disclose their financials.
Also reported is what each coaches buyout is should they get fired or poached at the end of the year. So, that’s something to keep an eye on.
You can check out the full list here, but we thought we would compile and average what each Power 5 conference is dishing out to their coaches. Surprise, surprise, the SEC is at the top of the list. The Big 12 is not last though, surprisingly, that’s the ACC. Also surprisingly, the Pac-12 pays out more than the Big 12 on average, despite the Pac-12’s financial issues.
So which school is getting the best return on investment? Here is what each school is paying per win so far this season.
The Sooners are getting a steal with coach Riley so far. Although, I’m sure he’ll get some big time raises in the years to come. On the flip side, Despite Kansas only having one win, Texas is paying the most per win by over $200,000.
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