The SEC: where it just costs more.
Alabama’s Nick Saban once again tops the list of the highest paid college football coaches in the nation, leading a crop of SEC coaches who make up one-third of the top-15 names on the list.
USA Today released its updated coaches salary figures for 2017 on Wednesday morning, detailing contract salary, bonuses, and buyouts. You can view the entire FBS list here. Check out the top-15:
Saban is the only coach in the country with a double-digit million-dollar salary, making nearly $3 million more than the coach who comes in second place, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.
While only Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin joins Saban in the top-10, the SEC makes its mark in the 11-15 range, landing three in that sequence.
Probably worth noting just as much as the salary figures is the current status of the buyouts for each of the coaches. Some are extraordinarily high, appropriate given the accomplishments of coaches like Saban, Swinney, Jimbo Fisher and Urban Meyer.
And some others still are high for coaches on the hot seat. Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ contract buyout as of Dec. 1, 2017 is more than $8 million and Arkansas’ Bret Beilema’s is just less than $6 million.
Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke, with a salary of $1.16 million, is the lowest-paid coach in the SEC, but still ranks in the middle of the pack within the rest of the country.
Here’s a rundown of each of the conference’s 14 coaches and where they rank nationally. The first number next to their names is their total pay for the year, and the second number is their buyouts as of this December.
- Alabama Nick Saban: $11,132,000 — $26,900,000
10. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin: $5,000,000 — $10,416,667
11. Auburn Gus Malzahn: $4,726,960 — $6,898,958
14. Mississippi State Dan Mullen: $4,500,000 — no buyout
15. Florida Jim McElwain: $4,457,400 — $12,916,668
17. Arkansas Bret Bielema: $4,245,000 — $5,874,227
20. Tennessee Butch Jones: $4,110,000 — $8,125,000
22. Kentucky Mark Stoops: $3,763,600 — $14,765,625
23. Georgia Kirby Smart: $3,753,600 — $10,800,000
28. LSU Ed Orgeron: $3,500,000 — $8,791,667
37. South Carolina Will Muschamp: $3,100,000 — $7,188,333
44. Vanderbilt Derek Mason: $2,721,834 — no buyout
49. Missouri Barry Odom: $2,350,000 — $1,462,500
72. Mississippi Matt Luke: $1,160,000 — $1,430,000