USA Today released its annual coaches salary database update on Wednesday, and it’s created a little bit of intrigue with regards to SEC coaches on the hot seat.
A small hand full of coaches are expected to be relieved of their duties at some point between now and the end of the season — but how much will it cost those universities to fire their head coach? And how could that factor in to the ultimate decision?
Here’s a list of all 14 SEC head coaches and their current buyout figures:
Alabama Nick Saban: $26,900,000
Kentucky Mark Stoops: $14,765,625
Florida Jim McElwain: $12,916,668
Georgia Kirby Smart: $10,800,000
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin: $10,416,667
LSU Ed Orgeron: $8,791,667
Tennessee Butch Jones: $8,125,000
South Carolina Will Muschamp: $7,188,333
Auburn Gus Malzahn: $6,898,958
Arkansas Bret Bielema: $5,874,227
Missouri Barry Odom: $1,462,500
Mississippi Matt Luke: $1,430,000
Mississippi State Dan Mullen: no buyout
Vanderbilt Derek Mason: no buyout
Alabama’s Nick Saban would cost an unthinkable $26 Million to let go, so it’s a good thing for the Crimson Tide that he’s been so successful in Tuscaloosa.
Among the SEC programs most likely to make a coaching change after the 2017 season, Missouri and Arkansas would have the most frugal route.
LSU and Tennessee would both have to pay around $8 Million to fire Ed Orgeron and Butch Jones. Given that it’s Orgeron’s first year at the helm and Jones’ fifth, the Vols seem more likely to cough up the cash.
Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin has worked his way off the hot seat with good play on the field, but he would cost north of $10 Million to let go after this season — his job might have never been in real jeopardy.