USA Today's Annual Coaches Compensation Database is Out, Twitter Reacts

By Jason Priestas on November 6, 2013 at 3:05p

USA Today updated their coaches compensation database today and the SEC continues to pay well, accounting for three of the top five salaries in all of college football. Alabama's Nick Saban remains the Jay Z of college football, collecting a cool $5,545,852 per year in salary and other incentives. New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema checks in third, although his compensation is a bit skewed as it includes money paid to Wisconsin as part of his buyout.

Urban Meyer is the top paid coach in the Big Ten, pulling in $4.608 million per year while eligible for $550,000 in bonus money. Michigan's Brady Hoke is 8th on the list at $4.154 million per season, while Iowa's Kirk Ferentz – Big Ten Coach of Forever – hauls in $3.985 million for whatever it is he does in Iowa City.

As always, the full list is fascinating, if for nothing else than to compare who is overpaid and who is underpaid relative to team performance. Take it away, Twitter:


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GoBucksToledo's picture

Bert = Kirk Ferentz of the SEC, without the win total

BuckAlum35's picture

That is outrageous that Arkansas is paying that tub inadequacy that much money when all he does is complain and lose games...I am in the wrong profession, I can complain and lose games too!!

Alhan's picture

Well it does say it includes his Wisky buyout. I would be interested to see what his yearly will actually be.

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Kaceybrown's picture has 3 million a year. 

osunut2's picture

Boy, Tennessee seriously overpaid to get Butch Jones. Did they learn anything from the Derek Dooley/Lane Kiffin years?

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Kaceybrown's picture

Number could be inflated due to buying out his previous contract, like Bert's is. 

Maestro's picture

Desperation can be expensive.

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mh277907's picture

The sad thing is that if UM, Iowa, and Nebraska actually paid their coaches what they are worth, the median pay of B1G coaches would be a hell of a lot less than it is now.


Unky Buck's picture

USA Today misspelled Bert's name. Someone should let them know.

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CALPOPPY's picture

Yep, but you misspelled, it too... left a few letters out.
It's spelled B-U-T-T-H-E-A-D.

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DMcDougal24's picture

Stewart Mandel nailed it on the Big Ten. Cheap ADs.

yrro's picture

I'd be curious to see this combined with spending on other coaches. I've seen football coach $, and total athletic department spending... really curious whether AD's are shelling out for better Basketball and other coaches instead.

Hovenaut's picture

I think Ferentz just received a bonus for securing a top ten ranking.'s picture

Urban needs a raise


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Maestro's picture

Mad Money

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Actually, given Iowa's talent level, Ferentz is doing a pretty job this season. Now, of course, Ferentz is responsible for Iowa having such a modest talent level in the first place, but just sayin'.

741's picture

But he's been earning at that level for years... and Iowa has been an also ran for years.
Horrible investment.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Manziel is making more than all of them.

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Buckidelphia's picture

Kirk Ferentz, what a joke..

teddyballgame's picture

Wow Arkansas, just wow.
That's a whole lot of money for mediocrity....

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I think in order to me mediocre you have to be able to win conference games. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

osu07asu10's picture

hahaha I was going to say, thats a loose definition of mediocre 

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741's picture

Most overpaid head coach in college football: Bielema or Kirk Ferentz? 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Outside of Saban, Meyer, and maybe Stoops, everyone on that list is overpaid.

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gumtape's picture

Arkansas had a great coach two years ago, too bad about the whole blonde on a motorcycle thing...
I wonder how they would have done had they kept Taver Johnson as an interim coach. John L. Smith was a disaster and Bert is possibly even worse than that.

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GoBucks713's picture

Bert is getting paid $1mm per W every year in his contract.

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rider1's picture

butch jones $$ shocked me the most!!

bigDbuck's picture

Mandle dead on! BIG will continue to suck as long as we don't pay!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Yep, the solution is to overpay buffoons like Bielema & Butch.

kmp10's picture

There are very few differences makers at head coach in football... not just college football. Urban is one, Saban, Miles (I hate that). In the NFL Harbaugh is one. So is Belichick, Reid and Greg Schiano (just kidding about Schiano). Meyer is worth every penny of his 4.6mil. Whether a football coach should be paid millions while police officers, firefighters and lawyers (again, just kidding) earn an almost infinitesimal lesser amount is another conversation... but I digress. Jerry Kill and Kevin Wilson apparently make less than McElwain at CSU, but until Kill (who I like quite a bit) and Wilson (who also seems to be a good coach) start taking minnesota and indiana to places those programs havent been since Glen Mason and Bill Mallory walked the sidelines, well, those schools are wise, IMO, to keep their compensation RELATIVELY modest. If CSU wants to open the vault for Jim McElwain that's their business, but throwing millions at a guy who hasn't proven he can do anything as a head coach (Muschamp, Kiffin, McElwain, Hoke, Ferentz, Weis, et al) baffles me. And by the way, the academic standards in the B1G ARE better/superior/greater (pick an adjective) than those in the SEC. That doesn't mean it's an excuse for the league to be as bad as it is right now... but it's the truth.