Ryan Day is College Football’s Fourth-Highest-Paid Coach for 2023 Season

By Dan Hope on October 3, 2023 at 12:02 pm
Ryan Day

Ryan Day is college football’s fourth-highest-paid coach for the 2023 season.

According to USA TODAY’s coaching salary database, which was updated Tuesday, Day is one of four college football coaches in line to make more than $10 million in total compensation for the 2023 season along with Alabama’s Nick Saban, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Georgia’s Kirby Smart.

Michigan State’s Mel Tucker was also in line to make more than $10 million this year, but he was fired for cause by MSU last week amid a sexual harassment investigation.

College Football’s Highest-Paid Coaches for 2023 (per USA TODAY)
Rank Coach School Total Pay
1 Nick Saban Alabama $11,407,000*
2 Dabo Swinney Clemson $10,884,775*
3 Kirby Smart Georgia $10,705,600
4 Ryan Day Ohio State $10,271,250*
5 Mel Tucker Michigan State $10,015,350*
6 Brian Kelly Louisiana State $9,975,000*
7 Jimbo Fisher Texas A&M $9,150,000
8 Mark Stoops Kentucky $9,013,600
9 Josh Heupel Tennessee $9,000,000
10 Lane Kiffin Mississippi $9,000,000*
Note: Michigan State fired Tucker for cause on Sept. 27.

(Note: USA TODAY’s salary database does not include coaches from private schools whose contracts are not subject to public records requests, including USC’s Lincoln Riley and Notre Dame’s Marcus Freeman.)

Day’s guaranteed compensation for the 2023 season is $9.96 million, but USA TODAY’s calculation of his total compensation includes a $250,000 retention bonus he is due to receive if he remains Ohio State’s head coach through the end of January 2024.

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