The SEC pays a lot for its football coaches, but some schools in the league got a lot more for their money this season.
CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon broke down what each coach in the Power 5 conferences made per win in 2016. He also calculated the pay for some Group of Five coaches. He simply divided what each coach made in 2016 by their total number of wins. And while the SEC has 10 of the 25 highest paid coaches in college football, a couple of them look like bargains by this metric.
Nick Saban’s making more than $6.9 million this year. He’s the second-highest paid coach in college football behind Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. But in terms of Price Per Win, he was just the seventh-highest paid coach in the league this year. A 13-0 record will help make that happen.
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason made the least per win in 2016 at $426,146. The Commodores only won six games. However, Mason still cost Vanderbilt less than half of what Hugh Freeze made per win. Freeze made $940,700 for each of his team’s five wins. And he lost to Mason head-to-head.
Overall, the SEC tends to pay more per win than the rest of the Power 5.
“The SEC pays coaches so much–and had only one team with at least nine wins–that the league’s lowest PPW (Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, $426,146) would rank seventh in the Big Ten and eighth in the ACC,” Solomon wrote. “This is another example of why the SEC says it just means more in its conference.”
Here’s what every coach in the SEC made per win in 2016:
|Coach||Price Per Win||2016 Record|
|Derek Mason, Vanderbilt||$426,146||6-6|
|Will Muschamp, South Carolina||$500,416||6-6|
|Mark Stoops, Kentucky||$501,943||7-5|
|Butch Jones, Tennessee||$513,750||8-4|
|Jim McElwain, Florida||$533,541||8-4|
|Nick Saban, Alabama||$533,800||13-0|
|Kirby Smart, Georgia||$536,229||7-5|
|Barry Odom, Missouri||$587,500||4-8|
|Gus Malzahn, Auburn||$591,188||8-4|
|Bret Bielema, Arkansas||$592,143||7-5|
|Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M||$625,000||8-4|
|Les Miles, LSU*||$626,510||7-4|
|Dan Mullen, Mississippi State||$840,000||5-7|
|Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss||$940,700||5-7|