OT-FBS Coaches Salaries in USA Today

Submitted by mdaddio110 on December 9th, 2010 at 4:35 PM

The usual suspects are near the top. Alabama's Nick Saban gets $5.9 million. Texas's Mack Brown makes $5.2 million, and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops grabs $4.4 million. Urban Meyer is walking away from a $4 million salary, and Rich Rod is at $2.5 million.

The big shocker to me comes in the ACC, as USA Today got a hold of Wake Forest's (private) figure. Brace yourself, Jim Grobe was paid $2.9 million in 2010. Not bad for a coach that had a nine-game losing streak this year and finished 3-9.



Horace Prettyman

December 9th, 2010 at 5:51 PM ^

Wake Forest only has 4,000 undergrads.  Copare that to Stanford (15k) and Vandy (12k).

I think that makes it more impressive that he has been able to win at a school smaller than some high schools.  On the other hand, it also make it impressive that a school that small can afford to pay their football coach that much.

Michigan Shirt

December 9th, 2010 at 4:41 PM ^

How does this compare to NFL coaches? It doesn't seem that many NFL coaches would make much more, so why does everyone always say that the NFL is a more desireable job location (I could be wrong pending replies for NFL salaries), which is something I never understood. I have always been more in favor of the NCAA over the NFL.


December 9th, 2010 at 4:45 PM ^

The differences between coaching college students and professionals are immense.  Both come with their fare share of challenges but some coaches are better fits for one or the other.  The NFL is the pinnacle because everybody knows what winning the Super Bowl is while only some know what winning a college MNC means (even in the US you would be surprised how many people care only about NFL and not NCAA)

Horace Prettyman

December 9th, 2010 at 6:01 PM ^

I think the reason lots of coaches desire NFL jobs is that there is more football coaching and less bullshit.  College coaches have to worry about recruiting and developing guys who are 17-22 kids.  But in the pros the players are more mature and already developed into good players.  NFL coaches don't have to worry about players going to class and staying eligable or offseason practices and recruiting.

NFL coaches can spend most of the offseason playing golf and letting the GM do all the work.


December 9th, 2010 at 9:02 PM ^

"NFL coaches don't have to worry about players going to class and staying eligable or offseason practices and recruiting."

But they do have to worry about players shooting themselves in the leg, fighting with strippers, and getting into much more 'big boy' crime.  haven't you heard.. mo money mo problems.

Section 1

December 9th, 2010 at 5:11 PM ^

If I am reading the (presumed) maximum bonus amount correctly.  (He may be getting a big part of that already, having won the SEC Championship game.)


December 9th, 2010 at 7:56 PM ^

It will be interesting to see is MSU can keep Dantonio around if a bigger program comes calling given that he makes about 40% of the salary of most SEC coaches.


December 9th, 2010 at 9:12 PM ^

I have no idea, but where does the funding for the Air Force, Army, Navy come from? The coaches are not considered government employees, are they?


December 9th, 2010 at 9:18 PM ^

I think once the ole ball coach Spurrier hangs up his visor, South Carolina will call Dantonio. Dantonio is an alumnus of USC and may answer the call. I think this could happen in the next five years. The way Dantonio is improving his stock (11-1 this year) will make Gamecock fans excited about him.