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:
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
Bret Bielema gets paid $5M this year, which is great news if you own stock in Steak-Umms— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) November 6, 2013
Pretty sure USA Today's SEC figures are in Confederate currency.— Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) November 6, 2013
No matter what the actual number is, 80% of Bielema's salary is going towards online male enhancement drug purchases.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) November 6, 2013
Gus Malzahn, Art Briles, Jim Mora, Mike Leach, Gary Anderson and Mark Dantonio are all earning less than Charlie Weis this year.— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) November 6, 2013
I see Bret Bielema's already getting acclimated to the level of salary he'll be getting from Iowa in 2017.— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) November 6, 2013
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
Brady Hoke is 8th highest paid CFB coach at $4.154M. No word if $4M is for home game coaching, $154K for road games http://t.co/iYyEn4Biis— Yost (@MZoneBlog) November 6, 2013
Rich Rodriguez makes more than Mark Dantonio.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 6, 2013
Indiana and Minnesota are paying their coaches less than Colorado State. You're in the Big Ten. You have a freaking TV network.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 6, 2013
Jimbo Fisher's base pay at $2.75 (21st) and Helfrich at $1.8 (56th). Both schools getting some bang for their buck, I'd say.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 6, 2013
Three-time B1G Coach of the Year Kirk Ferentz receives a $158,269 bi-weekly paycheck.— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) November 6, 2013
Bret Bielema is making $1,719,621 per win this season. Gary Andersen is making $353,470 per win. Hmmm: http://t.co/UGYZLgvBDC— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) November 6, 2013